Originally published in The Australian Financial Review on October 21, 2014

The Abbott government can’t decide if it wants to tell people how to live their lives or free them to make their own decisions.

The Coalition’s education policy, for example, reveals the contradictions between the world views of libertarianism and conservatism that the Coalition claims to represent. For many years, the balancing act has worked. But as the divestment furore over the past two weeks has shown, the seams are starting to show.

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