Disrupting the new Order of Mates

Just who needs protecting from today's powerful elites? For Bruce Billson, it’s the economically critical small business sector left in the cold by Labor’s big-government, big-union view.

Back in the 1980s, marxist writer John Pilger coined the term 'the Order of Mates' to describe what he saw as a group of wealthy, powerful pals who ran the country irrespective of who was in government.

That was the hey-day of people like Kerry Packer, Alan Bond, Christopher Skase and John Elliot, and Pilger accused them of exploiting hard working Australians and skimming too much wealth for themselves.

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