I don’t like Tony Abbott. But nothing could be worse for Australian politics than removing him.
I’d like to start this article by stating that I am in no way a supporter of Tony Abbott nor his policies. But the recent calls to have him removed as Prime Minister have me concerned. Really concerned.
If Abbott gets the chop, he will be the third Australian Prime Minister in a row to be removed from the top job at the hands of a party-room coup. In comparison, the United States has given a President the boot (outside of an election) twice. Ever.
Of course there are systemic differences between the U.S. and Australia that are responsible for the variances of leadership turnovers, but should we be concerned that we can’t seem to pin down a leader for a full term of government?
I say we should be.
I have a theory as to why Australia is playing the field when it comes to our PM, and like most modern problems, I am going to blame the Internet and globalisation (sorry Internet, thanks for having me).
Thanks to new technologies we have the ability to share our opinions about our leaders like never before. Social media gives us a platform to voice our thoughts – and be heard. Discontent now has the tendency to snowball. Big time. And once the media picks up on the negative vibes us Aussies are putting out there, as recent political history suggests, it’s only a matter of time before the front-page headlines read, “leadership challenge”.
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Modern media loves a good story. So much so that a small stupid decision made by a leader, or a small minority of dissatisfied people, can be enough for the media to run an article questioning the leaders right to the Prime Ministership. Unfortunately these publications have a lot of authority and legitimacy in the eyes of the Australian public, giving them the power to sway mass opinions.
We have a hyper moderation at play – everything and anything our leaders do or say is up for scrutiny on a very public scale. Many people see this as a good thing (myself included); globalisation has allowed democracy and representation to take on a whole new meaning.