HOLDING ON: Tony Abbot is still behind in the polls five months after surviving a party room vote. Photo: iStockphoto

Tough atop the political tree

A little-noticed difference between the federal Labor and Liberal parties is that the former ties itself in knots over whether or not to dispatch a leader who’s on the nose with voters.


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One of the major problems with Australian politics at both the state and federal level is taxpayer funding of election campaigns. In essence, this is a transfer of funds from the taxpayer to political parties. Its effect is to lessen the need for political parties to grow their lay membership where good candidates, policy ideas and funding traditionally used to come from. No wonder we see a poorer quality candidate and hence elected MP in Parliament as well as a dearth of innovative, relevant policy initiatives being proposed by the major parties.

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