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That goes some way in explaining why infrastructure across the country is in such poor condition’ (Walker and Walker 2008). The privatisation of the transport system had open the way for the political class to buy elections by promising tollway cash back to motorists. In NSW since 1996, this form of vote bribing has cost the state government A$860 million (Besser 2008). Academic Jean Shaoul warned Australians in 2005: ‘don’t touch publicprivate partnerships with surgical gloves ... the UK’s hospital, road and transport PPPs were forcing up public-sector costs and lining the pockets of the private sector’ (Allen 2005).
Privatisation takes us in the reverse direction towards a more unequal society in which we have less control over our economic resources’ (Stilwell 1994). Since the election of the Hawke government in 1983, the corporate sector has funded in turn the Liberal-National Party coalition or the Labor Party. Both parties and their political agenda are for sale to the highest conglomerate bidder and both have merged to form Australia’s neoliberal state. The nexus between money and political power is played out at different geographical levels of government.
Means to accumulate private wealth considered as corrupt practices for countries like Indonesia have been legalised in Australia to ‘reflect market conditions’. All these measures, which led to a significant increase in inequality in the distribution of income in wealth in Australia, were part of Australia’s role in a US-led globalised economy and as a mask, according to David Harvey, ‘for practices that are all about the maintenance, reconstitution, and restoration of elite class power’ (Harvey 2007: 188).