The list of right-wing claquers mindlessly cheering on Nick Cater’s The Lucky Culture continues to grow. Actually, for many of them, it’s not entirely mindless, as Cater edits the opinion pages of The Australian newspaper and bollocking the boss’s book is probably not the best career-move one can make at News Ltd. So the applause continues to reverberate from Janet Albrechtsen, Chris Kenny, Chris Pearson, Christian Kerr, James Jeffrey, Nick Leys, Jack Hoysted and, of course, from Cater himself (given that he and his partner Rebecca Weisser write the Cut and Paste section, which has joined the conga-line). Elsewhere in the extended Murdoch empire, Piers Akerman, Miranda Devine, Andrew Bolt and Peter Coleman have cheered on their champion. What was that about group think?
It is important to understand what they are cheering for. The book has three policy recommendations: to abolish the Human Rights Commission, to recommence a multi-billion dollar dam-building program and to wind back university access in Australia to the standard set by Keith Murray in his report to the Menzies Government in 1957. As Cater explains it, only “16 percent of the Australian population had the intellectual ability to succeed at university” – a sifting process he supports for today’s tertiary education system. Presumably the money saved from expelling one-third of the student population (reducing the university attainment rate from its current level of 25 percent back to 16 percent) can be spent on new water projects in the nation’s deserts.
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