NONE OF THE ABOVE – You can’t blame the Australian voters for their lack of enthusiasm:
Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are the least wanted politicians competing for Australia’s leadership in more than 20 years, with a new poll showing nearly a quarter of voters can’t decide who would make a better prime minister.
The latest Newspoll taken for The Australian shows there been a less desirable pair since Paul Keating and Alexander Downer in 1994-95.
I’m yet to come across many people who are enthused about the state of the federal politics in Australia at the moment, even if most of my interlocutors, like me, realise that no matter how disappointing the current government is, a Shorten Labor government would be an absolute disaster for the country. Which makes us even more disappointed because the right side of politics should be doing so much better – in absolute terms ideally, but at least in relative terms, since the opposition is so dreadful and it should be so easy to stand out as a better alternative for Australia.
Unlike some of my friends, I don’t believe we’re in for a significant political shake-up a la Trump/Brexit/Euro-populism. The Australian “two major political parties” system (rather than a straight-forward two-party system) is relatively stable and no third force – be it Pauline Hanson or Cory Bernardi’s Conservatives or anyone else – will ride into Canberra town and take power from Labor and the Coalition. To rule Australia, you have to work through either of the major parties, and in our Westminster system neither of them will produce a Trump-like figure to shake up “the establishment”. If I were a republican I would be having a few uncomfortable thoughts right now about creating what in reality will be a political, and likely a popularly elected, position within a so far relatively stable political system.
In any case, guys, please do better!