Turnbull’s waiting until he is drafted really comes from him having no other choice.
The Queensland disaster is unsettling because it brings the Liberals closer to a leadership challenge in Canberra they don’t want to have.
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It’s all looking so eerily familiar.
The age of technocracy has passed and the age of anti-politics is now well and truly upon us.
Rudd’s departure does not mean the Australian political system will be any less vulnerable to an anti-political attack either from within or without. It’s just that it is unlikely next time it will be done with such panache.
The problem Abbott faces is that there are real barriers to implementing his program but behind him is a party of which some sections are determined to make sure he does.
The end of that tension in Labor is because Rudd’s failure has meant there is now no one in Labor who can turn an attack on the party’s existing power structures into an electoral asset.
The debate showed how much Rudd, rather than maintain the aura of incumbency he so well established when he returned, has needed to take up the negativity himself. Shouldn’t the ads be doing that?
There are no issues implications because the Queensland election didn’t really have any, it was more about the entire model of government.