SMH 17.2.18 >> "Barnaby Joyce is a wonderful retail politician," Mr Abbott said. "He's been a very good Coalition partner to the Libs, and obviously there's been some pretty serious personal ups and downs, but the point I always make is we should judge politicians on how he or she is actually doing the job."Abbott should have said: "We should judge politicians on the
outcomes they deliver". That would reflect an eye on the practical deliveries of services, prosperous circumstances, and confidence in Australian government institutions.
But no, the Abbott view is about styled personality. "A wonderful retail politician"? Woolworths is a wonderful retail politician. They deliver groceries.
Joyce? He sweats sincerity during campaigns on television, or radio, or boozy hustings. Frankly, a Treasury should like to see Joyce's open books of accounts and assets. And Abbott's. Whatever their likeability or poses, we know their mothers loved them, but the question really is, is the nation faring well.
There are straightforward criteria by which to assess that question, whether the nation fares well. Happiness, security, confidence, prosperity, harmony, equality, opportunity, freedom come to mind. Add others, please.
Australian administrative arrangements - the Federal system - fail the test. That raises the only real question in Australian politics, how by reference to function and purpose should the new system look, how that is installed, and can we send it back if we don't like it?
Australia Kingdom is a good first step. AustraliaKingdom.com