Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Another Push Towards a Directly Elected Executive President?

Back in June when Rudd was ousted I suggested that in the long-term that move could help push Australia towards adopting an executive presidency once the Republic was back on the agenda. Yesterday's emergence of a Gillard-Labor government with a one seat majority backed by the two relatively conservative independent MPs is another nudge in that direction I think. People commenting in the media over this period have tended to go on about the Australian people electing the prime minister and government when of course the system does no such thing. But when there will be a choice to completely reform the system, direct election of the prime minister or president maybe exactly what does happen.

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