AFTA up­date

From AFTA’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Jayson West­bury

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FED­ERAL pol­i­tics got in­ter­est­ing last week with the High Court hand­ing down its de­ci­sion in re­la­tion to the seven politicians caught up in the dual cit­i­zen­ship wran­gle. As it turns out two were OK, even though one of them has an­nounced he is leav­ing in any event. That would be Nick Xenophon. So, the Nick Xenophon party now needs a new mem­ber, new leader and new name. The deputy Prime Min­is­ter Barn­aby Joyce turned out to be an in­el­i­gi­ble dual cit­i­zen so he needs to go to a by­elec­tion, which will hap­pen be­fore the end of the year. As for the oth­ers, one is safe and four were deemed in­el­i­gi­ble and one has now re­signed. Deck chairs to the right please.

It is all very com­pli­cated as all leg­is­la­tion that has been passed by the lower house by one vote over this past term of gov­ern­ment will need to be re­viewed as to whether that vote car­ries, given the sit­u­a­tion with the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter. I think this is called a right royal mess and I am sure the Prime Min­is­ter can’t wait for the last sit­ting of Par­lia­ment and the sum­mer break to start so they can get on with sort­ing this all out.

Mean­while, the Queens­land Premier has called a snap elec­tion for Novem­ber 25, with both the La­bor party and the LNP now fac­ing strong swings from the grow­ing sup­port of the One Na­tion Party led by Pauline Han­son. The book­ies have the LNP ahead by a nose, but I sus­pect that the odds will shorten as the next few weeks un­fold.

Th­ese are un­cer­tain times for the na­tion re­ally, and it is amaz­ing how, as a democ­racy, how down the mid­dle we have all be­come. Both the Queens­land elec­tion and the is­sues in Can­berra are both held to­gether by string and I sus­pect that once the out­come of the Queens­land elec­tion is known a great deal of at­ten­tion will turn to the way in which things might fall in Can­berra.

We are bound to be sur­rounded by weeks of me­dia cov­er­age about the spec­u­la­tion of it all and in the end, it will be what it is and let’s just hope that the coun­try con­tin­ues to be as suc­cess­ful as it is with­out nec­es­sar­ily clear po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship with a man­date to get on with run­ning the coun­try with the poli­cies put for­ward. In­ter­est­ing times ahead over the com­ing month for sure.

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