Bridget McKenzie wants to be “respected as the second party of government”..
She needs a reality check.
The National Party holds 6ish % of seats in the reps (House of Representatives, 10/151) and 15% in the senate (6/40) on a national vote take of about 4.5% - yes, less than 5% - last election. So, obviously they are a minor party. They are not 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th of anything, they are less than 5% of the vote.
Ms McKenzie herself is lucky to still have a job, after being responsible for what has widely been agreed was ‘pork-barrelling’ in the ‘sports rorts’ (‘pork-barrelling’ is just a euphemism for corruption). In any other walk of life apart from ‘up on the hill’ she would have been sacked and had criminal fraud charges brought against her.
So what respect her, and her party, deserve from the electorate adds up to virtually zero in my opinion.
More importantly, once again, we find minority representation holding the country to ransom, blackmailing the rest of us, just so they can scrape up enough votes in their home electorates.
This isn’t government in the best interests of Australia - this is shameful parochial party politics treating the electorate like we’re a bunch of idiots..
Buggered if I know 😛