For the third time in five years an Australian prime minister has been knifed in the back by his own party. Even worse, for the third time in five years the Australian people have voted for a prime minister only to have their choice overruled. Worse even than that, in this case we have a prime minister who was elected by the people on the understanding that he stood for certain definite positions on important issues has been replaced by a prime minister who is likely to pursue diametrically opposed policies on those same issues.
This raises serious issues about the survival of democracy. Australians already regard their politicians with cynicism bordering on contempt. Today’s tragic farce will merely increase the contempt factor.
Perhaps the cowards in the Liberal Party who perpetrated this travesty mighty like to reflect on how well the same tactic worked for Labor last time around when they knifed Julia Gillard only to see their new leader Kevin Rudd annihilated in the general election a matter of a few weeks later.
We now have a prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, whose main qualification for the job is that he has demonstrated a high aptitude for disloyalty and treachery.
This is truly a shameful day in Australian politics.