Anthony Albanese on how MPs' loneliness feeds parliament's coup culture
Labor frontbencher says Malcolm Turnbull would have been able to survive as PM had he lasted one week longer
There are thousands of words, small libraries devoted to defining the various malignancies in Australian political life, but Anthony Albanese says at least one root cause is simple to identify. A lot of politicians in 2018 are lonely. The national parliament is isolated from the voters outside, and the occupants are disconnected from each other.
Part of the sense of isolation is created by the architecture of Parliament House. In the Old Parliament House, a temporary, more compact building, with communal facilities, you would meet the prime minister and ministers “literally, in the dunny”, Albanese says in an interview with Guardian Australia’s political podcast.Continue reading...