Turnbull Represents Failed Political System

There’s a store in my home state of South Australia called Mr Bankrupt, which ran some quite memorable TV commercials when I was a kid, “selling out fast, it’s all gotta go!”

I haven’t seen the ads for a while, and I mean no insult to the store, but in many ways the catchy jingle reminds me of our Prime Minister – ‘justice for refugees, marriage equality, action on climate change… it’s all gotta go!’ Whatever the principle, it has to be junked so that Malcolm Turnbull can hold onto his job. He really is the Mr Bankrupt of Australian politics but while he might be selling out fast, voters turned out long ago.

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Stand for Something or Fall for Anything

March 2013 will long be remembered by political tragics as a month of brutality that would surely have made Brutus himself wince.

Labor’s botched leadership coup may have been Rudd-less but it certainly wasn’t bloodless, with a series of ministers caught in the crossfire. Meanwhile, on the conservative side of politics, a premier and a chief minister were knifed after a string of unfavourable opinion polls.

Leadership change and renewal are inevitable in any democracy. Ultimately, even the most successful leaders must eventually step aside or face their makers, be they in the parliament or the electorate. However, the frequency of the leadership changes of recent years suggests a disturbing trend in our politics.

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