Puppeteers’ power upset Australians

Negotiations continue but it seems increasingly likely that Labor will be in the best position to form a minority government.As we stated here yesterday, there are quite a few examples of minority state governments that have worked, some of which have proved to be very successful administrations.Naturally, independents – and certainly the Governor-General – will need to be convinced that a Labor minority government could work.While we advocated for the re-election of a federal Labor government, and believe it could form a successful alliance with independents and the new Greens MP, we are not without one serious reservation. It concerns what has undoubtedly aggrieved many Australians; that is, the power of those unaccountable puppeteers who have treated government, both in NSW and now at a federal level, as their plaything.We had thought the furore over Kevin Rudd’s political assassination would dissipate closer to polling day. But, even at an anecdotal level with our daily feature Feeling the Pulse, many ordinary voters remained agog at how a prime minister could be dumped by his own party in his first term.At the weekend, NSW Premier Kristina Keneally turned on Mr Rudd for dudding the state on infrastructure. Several other Labor figures have mused about what went wrong with the campaign and since Mr Rudd was knifed.Of course, there will be a large degree of revisionism about the root cause of how the wheels fell off such a popular and promising government.However, part of what was at play, in our opinion, was not so much a general cynicism about politics or politicians. Rather, we feel the Australian electorate was rejecting the way faceless men and women were manoeuvring a once more-principled party.Australians want to know that the mandate and blueprint they give a government through the ballot box is respected and honoured.This makes a more responsive, accountable federal Labor government – forced to work with others for survival – a fascinating and not necessarily undesirable proposition.
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