Rob Wright

OPINION: Tips for pollies - you're not in charge, voters are

OH, how the wheel has turned in politics these days.

Governments get short shrift from voters who are more savvy than ever before and more willing to punish perceived poor performances.

Look out, I think we are going to see more one-term governments as the fickle internet generation change their minds as fast as you can click a mouse.

I'm all for reformist governments, but here is a tip: When the electorate tells you your reforms stink, it's time to compromise or go back and get a new reform.

The results in the Victorian and Queensland state elections would rightly be ringing alarm bells in Sydney and Canberra. Voters don't suffer fools gladly.

What is really interesting is that the same sort of rhetoric and disunity surrounding the Coalition is much the same as it was under previous Labor governments.

During the Queensland election coverage on Saturday night I heard one commentator referring to the Coalition being 'toxic'. It was the same for Labor at the last federal election.

And now all of this leadership speculation surrounds PM Tony Abbott, who has Malcolm Turnbull as the elephant in the party room.

If this sounds like the Rudd v Gillard leadership battle, there is a good reason.

There has been much hand-wringing and reflection about the Newman and Abbott governments failing to explain their reform agenda.

I'm all for reformist governments, but here is a tip: When the electorate tells you your reforms stink, it's time to compromise or go back and get a new reform.


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