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The long and short of it

The long and short of it

Friday 6 March, 2015
A Hole, Australia’s most anal social commentator, discusses whether expecting prime ministers to stay in the job for a full term is like expecting front row forwards to stay on the paddock for the whole match.
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A Hole Comments on FridayMash

I’m getting the impression that a three-year term for prime ministers and four for premiers is a bridge too far.

The electorate and the political parties used to observe the democratic protocol that even poltroon PMs and premiers should be allowed to plonk away for at least one term before being pulverised but that was before the rise of power-broking and the faceless men.

Recent New South Wales Labor governments and premiers however were the catalysts for change. They were so bad that even elements in their own party realised they couldn’t be left twisting in the wind the mercy of an inevitable electoral tsunami.

Legendary power-broking pioneers Eddie Obeid and Joe Tripodi may have passed on to worse things but their achievements have inspired a whole new era in Australian parliamentary democracy even at federal level.

As a result there was no way Kevin was going to hold it together for three whole years. After
a period of study at the New South Wales Power-broking Polytechnic Julie removed him in a
manner that was graceless, tasteless and faceless.

Julia had a brave shot lasting the full term but the electorate finally didn’t care whether she was real or not and certainly didn’t regard paying $23 a tonne for carbon as worth having her as prime minister. Kevin needed only a few more months in the job to confirm that knifing him was one of the few things that Julia actually got right.

Barry O’Farrell was persuaded that when it came to ageing in the premier’s job he couldn’t compete with a ‘59 Grange and he was more of a Beaujolais Nouveau.

Now it seems Tony can’t last too many more knights and days in the job.

After giving the matter quite an extraordinary amount of thought I believe it’s time that prime ministers and premiers were appointed by their party for a one-year term only with an option for a second if they’ve still got at least a 40% Newspoll approval rating.

This would avoid all the tedious power-broking, faceless men machinations and spilling. Critics of the plan will point to a lack of emphasis this could bring to longer-term considerations but given the current state of politics getting the just short-term right would be a significant improvement.


About this Series
As one of Australia’s leading social commentators A Hole is always conscious of the need to avoid making an arse of himself. His commentaries are frequently compared to the material on the walls of public toilets although they don’t remain in the public consciousness anything like as long.

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