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It was 1990 and Australia's Liberal Party had a new leader, John Hewson. Hewson had radical plans for the Australian economy, and was tempted to release those plans in a document to the public. However, ultimately, Hewson decided against doing so. Thatcher had not been elected by releasing her monetarist plans, neither had the Fourth Labour Government in New Zealand. Hewson was fine with going down like his New Zealand counterparts, he just wanted to implement his policies first.
Australia's labor party had been riven by internal division, and after numerous attempts, Prime Minister Bob Hawke was finally toppled by his former Treasurer Paul Keating in 1992. Keating was faced with a deep economic recession, and a revitalised, 'moderate' and competent Coalition. Despite his best efforts to defeat them, a new era in Australian history was born, when in 1993, John Hewson and the Coalition reclaimed power.
Australia's neo-liberal revolution was about to begin ...