On borrowed time
The famous investor Warren Buffett once said: "When the tide goes out you discover who's been swimming naked". What he meant of course is that you can't judge performance when things are all going smoothly. Lots of people look good in the short term. It is when adverse conditions occur and things start to go pear-shaped that you see who the real leader is.
With Angus Taylor's doctored document scandal, Scott Morrison holidaying while Australia burned, lack of disaster relief coordination with the states, and sports rorts, you'd have to say the tides gone out for Mr Morrison. If he doesn't get out of the rip soon he will surely be dumped come the next election or, based on history, before.
Len Shefford, Thurgoona
Nationals a disgrace
How good is Bridget McKenzie? In the space of a few weeks she has been forced to resign for breaching ministerial standards, although everyone knows it was really for presiding over the most outrageous pork barrelling in political history.
She caused unbelievable embarrassment to her party, the Coalition and the prime minister and managed to further entrench the public's contempt for politicians' misuse of their hard-earned taxes. Of course she maintained she had done no wrong, but haven't we heard that before? Remember Bronwyn Bishop and Sussan Ley.
Her resignation has seen a leadership contest that saw the re-emergence of the disgraced Barnaby Joyce and has split the Nationals down the middle. All this on the day that Parliament was going to dedicate to all those who have been affected by the climate emergency. Bridget has managed to damage the National Party brand irrevocably by underscoring its grubby, avaricious and self-serving underbelly. Of course the voters of Indi woke up to this at the last election and thank goodness elected representative in Helen Haines. We may not have heard the last of Bridget McKenzie, but I bet Michael McCormack wishes he had.
Alan Hewett, Wodonga
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