We didn’t cast vote
IN WHAT is a severe case of deja vu, the activities in our nation’s capital last week were nothing short of bewildering to say the least.
First it was Dutton against Turnbull that backfired and then it was the three-way contest that was won by Scott Morrison and who now becomes our new Prime Minister with Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull as retirees.
I think I speak for a lot of Australians and locals when I say I did not vote for Scott Morrison as my new Prime Minister, but that is what I and the rest of Australia now have and I for one am not happy.
The people of Australia are sick of this, that is if you can believe the outpouring on social media since last Friday.
Then we saw in the most recent Newspoll that Mr Shorten was now the preferred prime minister and the excuses flowed from the Coalition, like ‘it’s too soon’ and ‘give Mr Morrison a chance’ etc.
When Labor did this with Rudd to Gillard and back to Rudd the Coalition was scathing. Now we have seen the same thing with Abbott to Turnbull and now to Morrison so it seems to be commonplace in Australian politics. Six leaders in 11 years is way too many and as I said, both sides are as bad as each other.
So how do we fix it? Or can we fix it? How about fixed terms in federal politics as we do in both local and now state government. The big obsession is to get voted back and good government seems secondary to getting voted back.
A four or even five-year fixed term would in theory give us at least two to three good years of government.
The final word in all this is best summed up by a quote from former PM Malcolm Turnbull as he signed off last week, when he said “Australians would be dumbstruck and appalled by the conduct of the last week”.
Yes Malcolm … you’re absolutely right, and so say all of us.