Gatton Star - - YOUR SAY -

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

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