Talk has now turned to whether Australia will again have a minority government and a ‘hung parliament’.
There is nothing in the Constitution to deal with the situation in which neither side can form a majority government.
Bill Shorten was correct to ask for access to senior public servants amid confusion over whether the ‘caretaker period’ has begun.
It is unusual to invoke the caretaker conventions so far out from an election. So why is Labor clamouring for them to kick in?
Australia’s public service has gradually become more politicised in recent times.
The public service is meant to be independent and bipartisan. But “political” appointments and funding arrangements can hamstring their ability to give fair and frank advice.
Fear dominates political conversations and slowly strengthens the acceptability of secrecy in 21st-century governments.
Australian society has become dangerously accustomed to our politicians using “national security” as an excuse for the obfuscation of sticky truths.
Australia still follows Westminster in allowing key principles of democratic accountability to operate according to convention.
Political conventions may be challenged and redefined by every new government, but it is their role in promoting political accountability that ensures the health of our democracy.
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