Handbrake on a party revolt
IT can only be a good thing for Australia that both main political parties now have preventative measures in place to prevent often unnecessary and short term change of Prime Minister.
Late Monday night current Prime Minister Scott Morrison called in his leadership team and then the party members to vote on rules to prevent ousting a sitting Prime Minister without two thirds support of the party room in a spill motion.
Lesser protection applies for the party’s leader in Opposition but even that should make the malcontents think twice before staging a coup.
It’s a credit to Mr Morrison and his party leaders to take such a step following in the footsteps of the Labor Party who first introduced the handbrake rules after their toxic leadership revolts involving Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.
It may not seem totally in line with Conservative or Liberal values where less regulation is generally seen as a good thing but it’s obviously seen as justified considering the damage the recent leadership uprisings have seemed to cause the party in the electorate’s eyes.
Apart from the Wentworth by-election result and the crushing loss in the Victorian state election, no doubt the Prime Minister’s attendance at recent events such as the G20 and APEC where he has had to try to explain why the leadership changes had occurred would have prompted the action taken.
Hopefully the shackles will provide some kind of political stability although you know what they say about absolute (or 66 per cent of absolute) power, it corrupts absolutely.
Such a buffer may allow a poorly performing Prime Minister extra time at the wheel and we can only imagine what kind of carnage that could leave behind.