COMM11108: Communication and the Political Process, blog 4, Malcolm Turnbull New Prime Minister Part One

Figure 1:Rich dude becomes PM how the media covered Turnbull’s ascension Source: Mumbrella 2015
Figure 1:Rich dude becomes PM how the media covered Turnbull’s ascension
Source: Mumbrella 2015

This is part one of the issue regarding the replacement of Prime Minister Abbott. The second part will be continuing with the next blog discussing in relation to Gillard and Abbott.

The latest national political issue that has arisen in the past week is the replacement of Prime Minister Tony Abbott. On the 13th of September Malcolm Turnbull ousted Tony Abbott and has now been sworn in as the new prime minister (Keating 2015). This is a political issue as the freedom of the Australians to choose their Prime Minister has once again been removed by the Australian political parties as a ploy to be voted in again on the next election in 2016 (Miragliotta, Errington & Barry 2013). Yet political parties lose the trust of Australians because they remove Prime Minister without involving voters.

9News (2015) covers the fact that the government has once again changed leaders over night in the video Malcolm Turnbull says Australia owes Tony Abbott ‘enormous debt of gratitude.

Instead of the governor general calling a double dissolution election (Corcoran & Dickenson 2010). The government has once again taken away the freedom of the people to choose to remove a prime minister or to choose to stay with the same prime minister. This is a ploy to be voted in again on the next election in 2016 (Bourke 2015). However, should the government decide to actually pay attention to the results of most times that this has happened then they would find that it would do the exact opposite of that effect (Mcguirk 2015). Australians end up not wanting to vote at all.

Figure 3: McCormack disappointed at leadership spill Source: ABC 2015
Figure 3: McCormack disappointed at leadership spill
Source: ABC 2015

Not to mention the fact that Malcolm Turnbull was kicked out of the leadership of the party when Tony Abbott took over (Coorey 2009).

Picture references

Australian Labor 2015, Malcolm Turnbull supports the Abbott Budget, video, viewed 18 September 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RphBK_VYfL0

ABC 2015, McCormack disappointed at leadership spill Taylor not saying who he backed in vote, digital image, viewed 16 September 2015, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-15/turnbull-local/6776484

Mumbrella 2015, Rich dude becomes PM how the media covered Turnbull’s ascension, digital image, viewed 18 September 2015, http://mumbrella.com.au/rich-dude-becomes-pm-how-the-media-covered-turnbulls-ascension-318575

Murphy, K & Chan, G 2015, Liberal leadership spill Malcolm Turnbull ousts Tony Abbott to become Australia’s 29th prime minister politics live, digital image, viewed 18 September 2015, http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2015/sep/14/tony-abbotts-leadership-under-pressure-as-mps-gather-politics-live

9News 2015 , Malcolm Turnbull says Australia owes Tony Abbott ‘enormous debt of gratitude, video, viewed 17 September 2015, http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/09/14/15/51/malcolm-turnbull-requests-ballot-for-liberal-leadership

References

Bourke, L 2015, Malcolm Turnbull defeats Tony Abbott in liberal leadership spill to become prime minister, viewed 18 September, http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-defeats-tony-abbott-in-liberal-leadership-spill-to-become-prime-minister-20150914-gjmhiu.html

Coorey, P 2009, Shock result as Abbott wins liberal leadership by one vote ETS dead, viewed 18 September 2015, http://www.smh.com.au/national/shock-result-as-abbott-wins-liberal-leadership-by-one-vote–ets-dead-20091130-k1uz.html

Corcoran R & Dickenson J 2010, A dictionary of Australian politics, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest.

Keating, J 2015, Australia just changed Prime Ministers out of the blue again, viewed 17 September 2015, http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/09/14/australia_just_changed_prime_ministers_out_of_the_blue_again.html

Mcguirk, R 2015, New Australian Prime Minister says government remains strong, viewed 17 September 2015, http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/minister-asks-australian-prime-minister-leadership-vote-33736529

Miragliotta, N, Errington, W & Barry, N 2013, The Australian Political system in action, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

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