The Anglosphere Privatization Wave Doesn’t Include U.S.
Australia is launching a 100 bn dollar privatization initiative. Britain sold part of its post office last year; New Zealand has recently been engaging in privatization too; even India has done some privatizing. But the U.S. stands out among ‘the English speaking peoples’ as a nationalizer and not a privatizer in recent years.
“Australia is readying a plan to sell potentially 130 billion Australian dollars (US$117.49 billion) in assets ranging from health insurers to electricity poles, hoping to set an example to cash-strapped governments around the world that need new funds to boost their economies.
“Treasurer Joe Hockey, who will chair a meeting of finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 developed and developing nations this month, said Australia’s conservative government was finalizing a deal with state counterparts to prioritize assets and businesses that could be sold to private investors.
“We are going to free up the capacity to get on with the job of building things,” Mr. Hockey told The Wall Street Journal in an interview at his parliamentary office in Canberra. “We’re going to form a partnership with the states that is going to be rolled out over the next few months, which is hugely exciting, and involves potentially massive transactions that will get the place moving.””