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To: ChocChipCookie
Acutally to continue, in European usage of the term liberals are what we would call either conservatives or libertarians. This is, I believe, the same source for the usage of the term "liberal economy" the author mentions.

Sometimes, one will also hear the term "liberal-conservative" to describe such beliefs used in Europe.
3 posted on 09/28/2003 11:52:45 PM PDT by swilhelm73
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To: swilhelm73; ChocChipCookie
The Liberal Party is the current ruling party in Australia, and they are actually rather conservative. (Australia was, of course, a great ally to the US in the Iraq war this year, probably second only to Great Britain in their support.)
4 posted on 09/29/2003 12:21:11 AM PDT by Timesink
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To: swilhelm73; ChocChipCookie

Australian Liberal Party beliefs

What does the Liberal Party stand for ?

We are the party of initiative and enterprise.

We believe in the inalienable rights and freedoms of all peoples; and we work towards a lean government that minimises interference in our daily lives; and maximises individual and private sector initiative.

We believe in government that nurtures and encourages its citizens through incentive, rather than putting limits on people through the punishing disincentives of burdensome taxes and the stifling structures of Labor's corporate state and bureaucratic red tape.

We believe in those most basic freedoms of parliamentary democracy - the freedom of thought, worship, speech and association.

We believe in a just and humane society in which the importance of the family and the role of law and justice is maintained.

We believe in equal opportunity for all Australians; and the encouragement and facilitation of wealth so that all may enjoy the highest possible standards of living, health, education and social justice.

We believe that, wherever possible, government should not compete with an efficient private sector; and that businesses and individuals - not government - are the true creators of wealth and employment.

We believe in preserving Australia's natural beauty and the environment for future generations.

We believe that our nation has a constructive role to play in maintaining world peace and democracy through alliance with other free nations.

In short, we simply believe in individual freedom and free enterprise; and if you share this belief, then ours is the Party for you.

5 posted on 09/29/2003 12:24:56 AM PDT by Timesink
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