Australian government is stable and productive

Architecturally lame, politically efficient

Architecturally lame, politically efficient

People who don’t follow Australian politics might not know that former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is once again Prime Minister. A couple of weeks ago he challenged for the leadership of the ruling Labor party and won, deposing Julia Gillard as MPs realised the September election was unwinnable with her rock-bottom popularity as leader. This may remind those in the know of the 2010 leadership challenge where the exact same thing happened but with the roles reversed.

The conservative media made this out to be evidence of a severely dysfunctional government. They attacked this turn of events as a return to a failed leader. The political chattering classes oohed and aahed. Media watchers and political luvvies continue to shake their heads at an ineffective minority government.

All of which just goes to show that negativity and outrage will expand to fill the available space, and that bad news sells better than good.

We don’t elect leaders in a parliamentary system so a party is free to change leaders whenever it likes. House speaker Anna Burke pointed out last week that in many other countries around the world a leadership spill like this would result in tanks in the street. Here in Australia life goes smoothly on, both practically and constitutionally.

The best example of how our sense of perspective is skewed is this fact, voiced last week by both Burke and independent MP Rob Oakeshott: that despite being a hung parliament led by a very unpopular PM the current term has resulted in 585 pieces of passed legislation, 87 per cent of which had bipartisan support.

In Australia our politicians largely understand the job they need to do, and get it done.


1 Response to “Australian government is stable and productive”

  1. July 7, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    The Coalition has done a fantastic job in hi-lighting problems (we all have those) with the government whilst playing down or ignoring their achievements.

    This is (unfortunately) all part of the game.

    The challenge to the people is to see through all the spin and decide what is truth, , , a very hard task.

    I’ve enjoyed creating my political cartoons from material generated by the Canberra circus over the last few years.




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