Change the way of choosing a leader. Hopefully the Labor Party — and, indeed, Liberals and Nationals as well — will learn one lesson from the last six years of leadership turmoil: there needs to be a new way of choosing and replacing leaders that gives far more stability than leaving the job to MPs.

Australian Labor should follow the example of British Labour and give a say to branch members and affiliated trade unions with firm rules on how and when challenges can be made. There’s a good summary of the procedures prepared by the House of Commons library, Leadership Elections: Labour Party.

That leadership challenge — when will it be? With that advice out of the way, back to the present. The experts of the parliamentary press gallery (and a lot of us outside it) don’t seem able to tell what is happening with the Labor ranks so it’s over to Crikey readers for guidance. If there is going to be another Labor leadership ballot when will it be formally announced?

Have your pick on the entry form HERE.

Just pick the day and time Labor’s Caucus secretary confirms there will be another challenge. The winner will receive a First Dog calendar to mark the occasion. And while you’re at it, give your opinion as to who will lead Labor on election day. If there is no challenge and thus no winner of the main contest, the calendar will go to the first entry received that picks the correct leader.

The other September election. They’re going to the polls in Germany on September 22 and the country’s national broadcaster DW believes it already knows what the biggest voting bloc will be: the party of non-voters. It reports how two independent studies recently reached the same conclusion. More and more people just aren’t bothering to vote.

“‘Non-voters the strongest force in politics?’ — ‘Voters go on vacation’ — ‘Non-voters are calling democracy into question’. These are headlines from recent studies conducted by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation — a group close to Germany’s Social Democrats — and by future trends researcher, Horst Opaschowski. They paint a rather gloomy picture of the upcoming elections in Germany. According to Opaschowski’s forecasts, non-voters could prove to be the largest party in the September 22 election.

I wonder if things would be any different without compulsory voting in Australia?

News and views noted along the way.