I WAS somewhat surprised by Mr Horrocks’ comment (GS 29/8/18) about the fiasco in Canberra.
Mr Horrock’s apparent lack of understanding of the Westminster system of government is concerning.
I don’t like having to point out to Mr Horrocks he did not vote for Mr Turnbull last election, he voted for a candidate who put forward their name for the seat of Wright or Blair, if he voted locally.
Members of Parliament are all elected equal, Mr Turnbull was then put forward as first among equals to lead a party of MPS to govern. Mr Turnbull’s leadership and appointment as Prime Minister is at the behest of Members of Parliament who promoted him to the position, not the voters of Australia.
In simple terms it is the MPS’ right to promote or demote, it is unfortunate this power seems to be over-used recently but this might be at the Liberal MPS’ own peril.
Mr Horrocks suggests a fixed term, or longer 4/5 year terms, but this means we would have to put up with a dysfunctional senate for longer terms. Good luck with getting that passed at a referendum.
If the people of Australia in the future decide, though a referendum, to change the system of government to a directly elected head of state or a more Washminster (USA) system, Mr Horrocks will be able to again present his fallacious editorial and it may be relevant.
— I Phillips, Grandchester