Hand­brake on a party re­volt

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

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.

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