If you think American politics is crazy with Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump or if you think British politics is crazy with the ascension of Jeremy Corbyn at the helm of the Labour Party, they’ve got nothing on politics in Australia.
Tony Abbott, elected Prime Minister two years ago this month, was today ousted from office by his own Liberal Party caucus in favor of Malcolm Turnbull. In 2009, when the Liberals were in opposition, the Liberals ousted Turnbull in favor of Abbott. The Liberals nearly ousted Abbott in February in favor of Turnbull, but Abbott survived that round. But with the government’s popularity plunging, Liberals decided to give the conservative Abbott the heave-ho in favor of the more moderate Turnbull.
The same thing plagued Australia’s Labor Party with its caucus ousting Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in favor of Julia Gillard in 2010 only for Rudd to return the favor in 2013 before losing to Abbott in that year’s election. There are bound to be more dramatics as the next election is expected to take place early next year.
With all the shenanigans that have plagued Australian politics on both sides of the political spectrum over nearly a decade, I am sure Aussies are longing for someone like John Howard, who led the Liberal-National coalition to four consecutive election victories before being ousted in favor of Rudd in 2007. It’s been all down hill down under ever since.