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Some reflections on political conflict and chaos

WE THINK YOU’LL ENJOY this short introduction to a speech made by Australia’s shadow foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, to the 28th Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum and Trade Expo held in Brisbane recently.

I had planned today to begin my speech with some observations about the political landscape, and from here it all looks pretty chaotic.

The government is struggling to claim legitimacy because of the way it came to power.

The conflict between the current Prime Minister and the former Prime Minister doesn’t appear to be going away, particularly because of the nature by which the current Prime Minister came to power.

And of course there is a lot of volatility in the Parliament. The Speaker is under a cloud in relation to expenses and is concerned with his self preservation.

The Parliament is just holding together but there have been some pretty questionable deals done with some of the Members of Parliament and there is increasing concern that it could all fall apart.

But hey! That is enough on Canberra for one day!


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Justin Friend

Hahaha, that's brilliant!

Paul Oates

Clearly coupled, confounded, concomitant, complacency.

Michael Dom

'Parallel lanes to nowhere'?

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