We didn’t cast vote

Gatton Star - - YOUR SAY - Bruce Hor­rocks Bruce.hor­rocks@gat­ton­star.com.au

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.

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