Well, it seems like only yesterday (2013) we had a federal election. The winner, Tony Abbott as P.M., was given the flick pretty quick for Malcolm Turnbull who didn’t miss a trick.
In the next few months of 2016 we have another election; will Malcolm Turnbull survive? It seems his performance isn’t running as sweetly as it should. I say lookout if he gets the job back. No more Mr Nice Guy for the next year or two.
There is not much variety in candidates is there? No real standouts. Realistically only two, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten (Lab) and P.M. Malcolm Turnbull (Lib) are up for grabs to fill the top slot. What a choice, what a bore. It’s a duopoly of leaders who say the same things and can do nothing without introducing a new tax under the guise of tax reform. As for taxes, this Liberal Government has shown itself to be a self righteous, unimaginative, hypocritical purveyor of taxes, easily eclipsing the previous Labour government’s poor reputation for honesty, arrogance and deception.
And so I wondered. Have we ever had a P.M. from the National Party? If not, why not? Why can’t the current leader of the Nationals, Barnaby Joyce, go for P.M.? Without the Nationals, the Liberal Party would never be in government, they don’t have the numbers. The Nationals are equally important and I reckon a P.M. from their ranks would be a good idea, or at least a possibility of something different. In fact, they should produce a P.M. or two or they shouldn’t be in government.
If that’s not a possibility then what about Barack Obama, soon to be a retired, ex-President of the USA.? I read somewhere that his term finishes in January or February 2017. He’ll probably get bored. He seems okay. He could potter around in Australian politics to keep his mind active. It would be good for him. He’s not from our parties here, he’s got qualifications and references. How would this country go with a fresh set of eyes from the outside looking in. I find this thready thought interesting. Could it work with an outsider as our P.M.?
Probably our Constitution doesn’t allow non-residents (or ex-presidents) to become an M.P. in Australia. An understandable provision but could we bend the rules a little?
I’ve made up my mind. Next elections, I’ll vote for Barack Obama of the ex-Presidents Party or Barnaby Joyce of the Australian National Party. If they aren’t on the tickets then ……
Words for today; Moving Forward – The most banal election tag ever used.
More to come; same blog time, same blog channel