Po­lit­i­cal class tests our pa­tience

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Saturday Extra -

Aus­tralian pol­i­tics is al­ready in a bad enough state with­out the lat­est al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct against Op­po­si­tion leader Luke Fo­ley and his sub­se­quent res­ig­na­tion.

Re­gard­less of who did what, all the lat­est scut­tle­butt has done is un­der­mine con­fi­dence in our politi­cians even fur­ther — if that’s pos­si­ble.

The pub­lic is well and truly fed up. Our prime min­is­ters have been play­ing mu­si­cal chairs for the past 10 years, the rul­ing party is bit­terly di­vided, the op­po­si­tion is weak and par­lia­ment is like a kinder­garten.

Mean­while the cost of liv­ing is climb­ing and liv­ing stan­dards are drop­ping.

The last thing any Aus­tralian needed was an­other scan­dal in­volv­ing politi­cians.

Why did no one in­side the La­bor Party do any­thing to defuse the sit­u­a­tion be­fore it be­came yet an­other em­bar­rass­ment for the po­lit­i­cal class?

How much more are we ex­pected to take?

Gideon Withers, En­ga­dine

Yes­ter­day’s ar­ti­cle.

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