Let’s change the rules on career politicians

A Crikey reader asks: is it time to clean house? Plus other responses to last week's stories.

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Letters to Crikey this week include an interesting proposition intended to curb the rise of career politicians, some realities of what it's like to consider striking in the workplace, and an avalanche of disgust in response to the Financial Review's description of Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop.

 

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4 thoughts on “Let’s change the rules on career politicians

  1. Rais

    Limiting the number of terms a member of Parliament can serve couldn’t work in a Parliamentary system where the PM and Ministers are MPs. There wouldn’t be time for them to gain experience. Senior public servants who wanted to run the system without interference would easily be able to pull the wool over the eyes of inexperienced Ministers. It could work in a Presidential system where Ministers are drawn from outside Parliament but that would probably result in a concentration of power in the hands of the President. As we can see in the US such a concentration of power in one person’s hands where the legislature is weak is not a good idea.
    It might also be difficult to recruit good candidates who know that they will have to put their existing career on hold to serve in Parliament for a maximum of two three- or four-year terms. The original career would have to be abandoned with no prospect of a lasting new career.

  2. Bill Hilliger

    A picture of future Liberal Party Leader Michaelia Cash reading a coffee invite from her esteemed friend Doug Cameron.

  3. Bill Hilliger

    A picture of future Liberal Party Leader Michaelia Cash reading a coffee invite from her esteemed friend Doug Cameron.

  4. Draco Houston

    “Fixing wages by striking is unfair”

    What? I can’t even figure out what you are arguing for. Shall we just do nothing about it forever? What the heck do you imagine a movement against low wages to look like?

    Good god, the whole working class is made up of invertebrates. No wonder we never got Keynes’ 15 hour week or Marx’ second phase of communism. Pre-emptive scabbing.

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