WordPress Daily Prompt – Congregate
Ladies and gentlemen, except for my very first Post, I have been singularly uncontroversial. I feel I may break out soon, but in the meantime, let me continue not talking about those issues that I care most about. Instead, this Post is on recent developments in Australian politics. I sometimes wonder whether politics should take its cue from TV. Oh wait, it does.
Australian politics is probably of no interest to most of you. I can understand that. There is a bigger reality TV political show elsewhere. Like many western democracies, Australia has its fair share of challenges. Take recent political shenanigans. Just to fill you in, our Deputy Prime Minister (the leader of the National Party) was metaphorically caught with his pants down. Under
Durex duress, he resigned last week from his position of leader of the National Party (the junior partner of the Coalition government) to spend more time with his new family (as opposed to his old one). He’ll still remain as a member, but just not as Deputy PM.
This episode has prompted our Prime Minister to henceforth ban sexual relations between ministers and their staff. Apparently it is very bad workplace practice and everybody knows no good comes of it, especially when the revelations entail possible further improprieties. The Prime Minister said that the change to the ministerial code of conduct was needed to reflect the values of respectful workplaces.
I suppose this will finally put to bed any further speculation as to whether this was a breach of the former ministerial code, and perhaps dampen speculation that the behaviour may have even amounted to misuse of taxpayer’s funds. The paramour was transferred to alternative employment at a higher rate of pay in a colleague’s office. I note that the colleague concerned, a stickler for traditional family values, voted ‘No’ to the recent marriage equality Bill. Yep, awkward. I suppose too, that the resignation of the member and a speedy vote on a new party leader, may divert further scrutiny of other related potential conflicts of interest. Good luck with that.
What horrifies me most about this affair and the Prime Minister’s response, is the implication that intra-office relationships are no longer acceptable by today’s community standards. Blimey, that’s a bit rich. The whole premise of the hit TV show Offspring, was based on intra-office romance, admittedly all the couples were single before they got together. This new community standard, together with the fact that the show has probably exceeded its use-by date, virtually guarantees that there will be no Season 8 of Offspring. I know that
politics Offspring is a piece of fiction, but still. Boohoo. (I enjoyed the first few seasons of Offspring. It was quite fun. You can watch it via Netflix).
The National Party will congregate today to elect a new leader. Apparently only one member is standing for the position, so it should be a short meeting. I’m a little disappointed that the deputy leader of the party has decided that she will not run for the position. Instead, it looks likes the job will go to someone she previously defeated for the deputy’s job. How does that work? I suppose she doesn’t have the balls for the job. Or maybe she just has more sense.