THERE has been a longing for this weekend’s federal election stronger than almost any I can remember in scores of years. It seems to be not just about revenge on certain politicians and/or parties, or a fervent wish to elect ones that might best serve a person’s own interests, but a desire for something above all this - stability and strong government.
At last we get a chance to move beyond the tumult and upheaval that has beset federal politics for at least six years now. The changes of prime ministership - sudden, dramatic - have made us look like a weak European or Third World state, not a modern nation with strong institutions.
Policy decisions that look ad hoc add to the impression of instability, feeding through to the community and the economy.
At last there is a chance to get away from the hung parliament - the description alone speaks of a precarious institution and situation. Strong government is vital to the nation’s state of mind and hence its progress. Strong government is vital before we can be well-governed, and wouldn’t we like that right now?