Vince Kean, Murwillumbah
Forgive me if I scratch my head in public. I keep hearing that Australians elect their prime minister. They do not! There is no space on our ballot papers to make a selection for the prime minister!
We elect a local member. The party that has the most elected members votes on who their leader will be. If they no longer have the confidence of the majority of elected representatives they can no longer be prime minister and can (and should) be replaced.
That is how our democracy works. It is ridiculous that any party should consider keeping a prime minister who has the confidence of only 26 per cent of the party’s elected representatives. To put it another way, they would maintain someone as prime minister who was opposed by 74 per cent of their colleagues. Presumably that means that 74 per cent of that party’s voters (as faithfully represented by elected members) would not support them as prime minister.
Democracies do not get destroyed by ‘revolving doors’. Democracies get destroyed by thoughtless electors who, knowing nothing of their own system of government, support stupid populist policies without applying even a modicum of intelligence to such idiotic propositions.