Australian politics

Australian politics has been even more entertaining than New Zealand’s. But aside from the ambitions of the comedians is there something else going on?

One New Zealand MP explained the Australian political turmoil in terms of New Zealand having MMP which, he said, gave us greater political stability. In fact, since the introduction of MMP in 1996, Australia has had six prime ministers and so have we.

With most of the difficult policy changes made, it seems Australian PM Julia Gillard is now tidying house. Opponent Kevin Rudd is being swept to the backbenches to clear the path to the 2013 elections

I worked as a National Organiser for the Australia Labor Party during the Hawke years, when Kevin Rudd was a functionary in the office of the leader of the ALP in Queensland and Julia Gillard was the current or just departed president of the Australian Union of Students and active in the majority socialist left faction of the ALP in Victoria.