Whilst I have a keen interest in politics, I never really intended to post about politics on here. I cannot vote in Australia because I am not yet a citizen, however this week in Australia has quite frankly been insane on the politics front.
I think unless you have been living under a rock you will be aware that on Tuesday this week, the then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who is a Liberal declared a “spill” (In Australian politics, a leadership spill (or simply spill) is a declaration that the leadership of a parliamentary party (also known as a caucus) is vacant, and open for re-election) within his party at the insistence of Peter Dutton, which I understand was for a vote to be held to determine if he had the support of the party. The outcome was that yes he did in fact have support with a majority of, I believe, 13 votes.
Peter Dutton then resigned from the front bench as a result but somehow less than two days later was again insisting to Malcolm Turnbull that he had enough signatures so another spill should occur. Malcolm threw down the gauntlet and told him to produce the petition which Dutton did on Friday morning and another spill was duly held with Turnbull stepping aside.
In the spill Dutton, Julie Bishop the Foreign Minister (and the general view is/was that she was a pretty good one at that) and Scott Morrison (Turnbull’s close supporter) stood for leader. It all backfired spectacularly on Dutton when Scott Morrison was declared as leader and therefore Prime Minister, quite embarrassing really.
The ridiculousness of the whole situation just blows my mind. It seems most of the people or at least those asked and who signed the petition had no real reason they could name to get rid of Malcolm Turnbull (they may have good reasons, it is just embarrassingly that they couldn’t explain it). Some just wanted an end to the bickering which you can understand, though they could have not signed and left things as they were if they supported him, it seems to me at least.
Scott Morrison will be the 30th Prime Minister in Australia. When I arrived in Australia in August 2013, Julia Gillard who is Labor was PM, she was then ousted by Kevin Rudd from her own party in the same year (Gillard did the same to Rudd in 2010), then we had a general election and Tony Abbott became PM for the Liberals until 2015 who was then ousted by Malcolm Turnbull in 2015. As we have recently seen he has been replaced by Scott Morrison this week.
That is FIVE Prime Ministers in the space of just over five years. How do this happen!?! Where is the stability?
I guess all countries have their issues in politics what with Brexit for the UK and Trump in America just for starters, but really how is it normal to have so many Prime Ministers in such a small space of time and when a general election will most likely be called in about 8 months time anyway!
We can now only hope that stability can be found at last, the infighting stops and that decisions which remain outstanding can be made in the best interests of the general public but I remain somewhat sceptical given the last 7 days.
****Disclaimer – I have tried to explain this as best as I can from what I observed but please bear in mind that I am not a political commentator and this is my personal view!!!