Dear politicians, we should elect our Prime Minister, not you!
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We call on the members of parliament to introduce new laws regarding how a sitting Prime Minister can be removed. Because we should elect our Prime Minister, not the faceless power-brokers and disgruntled backbenchers.
To the members of the Australian Parliament,
Over the last 8 years Australia has had 5 changes to the Prime Ministership. To put this into some context, the previous 5 prime ministers were spread out over more than 3 decades. Given these facts I'm sure you'd agree that the recent track record is ridiculous.
The events that we have witnessed in recent years, and again in August, is an absolute disgrace. It is making Australia the laughing stock of the world.
This is not who we are and it is not the type of democracy we want or vote for. Those in Canberra who think otherwise should get out, because while you play these childish games the average person is being forgotten about and, as a result, Australia suffers.
Put simply, Australians are fed up with seeing a running procession of Prime Ministers, especially when we didn't even vote for them.
Frustratingly, the political class has repeatedly lectured us about how the Westminster system 'works' and how this system gives them the right to change our Prime Minister whenever the they want. Well, guess what? it clearly is not working - certainly not in the minds of the average Australian. The system is broken.
At an election most Australians vote for a party, its policies and ultimately the leader who is proposing them. Therefore, we are not just voting for a local member, we are also voting for the person who we wish to represent us as Prime Minister.
We call on the members of parliament to introduce new laws regarding how a sitting Prime Minister can be removed. The aim of which is to make it harder for faceless power-brokers and disgruntled backbenchers to dispose of a sitting Prime Minister, no matter which party they represent.
There are many things that could be done. However, at the very least the threshold of party room votes required for removing a sitting Prime Minister should be higher.
Ultimately this is about the stability and integrity of our democracy. We don't just expect a higher standard of you, we demand it.
The Australian people, your electors.
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