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Business-Managed Democracy

“Business-managed democracies are those in which the political and cultural arrangements are managed in the interests of business”

Sharon Beder

Business-Managed Government

Think Tank Linkages

The following table shows the extent to which there is a cross-over of membership and association between various Australian think-tanks (and also links to the international Mont Pèlerin Society and the Australian Liberal Party). It shows that these think-tanks have close ties and similar ideological stances but also that the sheer number of think tanks does not necessarily indicate wide membership or broad community support. National Times reporters noted the incestuous relationship between them in 1985:


However strenuously they deny the connection, those within the inner circle of the movement are linked. With the exception of Rod Kemp, who says he hasn’t been asked yet, the leaders of the think-tanks write for each other’s publications, attend and give seminars and present papers at each other’s conferences.

Some key people and their published connections – past and present

Organisation IPA CIS AIPP HR
Founded 1943 1976 1983 1986 1990
John Elliott
Elders IXL
Ray Evans
Western Mining
Andrew Hay
Fed of Employers
Gerard Henderson
Liberal Party
John Hyde
ex Liberal Minister
Wolfgang Kasper
Bert Kelly
ex Liberal Minister
David Kemp
ex Liberal Minister
Rod Kemp
ex Liberal Minister
Leonie Kramer
Greg Lindsay
Director, CIS
Ian McLachlan
Farmers Federation
Hugh Morgan
Western Mining
Michael Porter
John Stone

   Past or Present Connection
Source: Sharon Beder, Suiting Themselves: How Corporations Drive the Global Agenda, Earthscan, London, 2006
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