September 20, 2010 | Graham

Stable government mantra

Rob Oakeshott now says that he would like a Liberal as speaker. This is surely a disingenuous position. It’s payback for the Liberals being more aggressive in not wanting him as speaker than Labor.

If the Liberals supplied the speaker that would put them one further vote away from government, unless they were to accept a pairing arrangement, which presumably they won’t now.

I don’t know that his fellow independents will be happy with this move.

While everyone said after the last election that they wanted “stable government”, what they really wanted was unstable government. ┬áThat enhances the independents own position.

I found it interesting that the three country independents split two to the ALP and one to the Coalition. It may have reflected the politics in their own electorates, but I suspect it more reflected their need to make the government as unstable as possible.

Splitting two to one in favour of the electorally weaker of the two major parties put them in a position to deal ambidextrously with either side.

Putting a Liberal in as speaker negates the contribution that Bob Katter made to the instability of government by deciding to back the Coalition. ┬áHe in particular wouldn’t be happy with Oakeshott.

Posted by Graham at 12:18 pm | Comments (3) |
Filed under: Australian Politics


  1. What do you mean by the ‘electorally weaker of the two major parties’ Labor won the majority of the 2PP vote.

    Comment by Russell W — September 22, 2010 @ 11:49 pm

  2. Russell Sept 22, It seems you have forgotten 500,000+ primary votes in favor of the coalition.

    Comment by DougM — September 27, 2010 @ 12:54 am

  3. DougM

    No,I haven’t,governments are elected on a 2PP vote,Coalition politicians haven’t refused government in the past with fewer primary votes than Labor. I’ll bet the ‘majority of primary votes’ doctrine won’t last.

    Comment by Russell W — September 27, 2010 @ 6:20 am

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