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Discussion: SA governance

in: blairtrewin; blairtrewin > 2017-10-29

Oct 29, 2017 11:43 AM # 
I hope you included the poorly run SA in that too.
Oct 29, 2017 7:55 PM # 
Quite enough federal governance atrocities before we got a chance to move on to any of the states. I think it would be fair to say that SA politics is not normally front of mind in this part of the world, either.

(One year at the local ALP quiz night, one of the questions I asked was to name any five of the seven state/territory Opposition Leaders outside Victoria. In what you'd expect to be a pretty politically aware audience, no table got more than two).

I have a long-standing theory that the natural maximum life of an Australian government is about a decade, and that governments which last longer than that do so because their opponents have made themselves unelectable - not usually a recipe for good government. You'll find a lot of Victorian Labor people who will happily say (at least while there are no microphones present) that narrowly losing in 2010 was the best thing that could have happened to them.
Oct 30, 2017 12:42 AM # 
I couldn't even name two sitting Premiers in any state or territory outside of WA, let alone which party is represented.

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