The Queensland disaster is unsettling because it brings the Liberals closer to a leadership challenge in Canberra they don’t want to have.
This suggests the central confusion of anti-politics, while posing to be against politics, they are actually politics in its purest form.
Wait till you see what is coming to Canberra this year.
Politics is becoming more cyclical, but only because the nature of politics is changing from what it was in the 20th century.
There are no issues implications because the Queensland election didn’t really have any, it was more about the entire model of government.
Australian politics in 2011 centres around one question: can Gillard shrug off the backers that put her into power?
Even before the 2007 election, Rudd was using health as a basis for his anti-political agenda.
Joyce’s position reflects the stance of those who don’t have much to bargain with and would prefer to voice their detachment from something they have no stake in.
Unless Turnbull actually wants to lead the Liberals for the sake of it, which is unlikely, his threat over the Liberals adopting a negotiating position on the ETS is not a death wish but simply a matter of fact if the Coalition is to have any hope of getting a reasonable result at the next election.
In effect, politics has turned upside down. Instead of sections of society looking to get political representation we have political parties looking for someone to represent.