Can future Liberals achieve small government?

Opposition leader Peter Dutton says Australia's proposed nuclear reactor fleet will be government owned.

The Liberals have never achieved small government in Australia, and they are unlikely to do so because of our political culture and contemporary ideas about the role of government in society. Small government is an ideal that is most obvious when contrasted with Labor’s interventionist approach to markets. But the parties’ ideals rarely get in the way of pragmatism when it comes to electoral politics.

My latest opinion piece appears in Crikey's "Where to for real Liberals?", a new series on the future of the Liberal Party under Peter Dutton.