« Back to Publications

Restless right wing and a troublesome Senate: what’s a ‘good’ win for Turnbull?

Nick Economou writes in The Conversation (7.3.16) about the challenges facing the Turnbull federal government in this election year, as it attempts to progress its legislative agenda through both a fractious Coalition party room and an ‘uncooperative’ Senate crossbench.

‘When she replaced Kevin Rudd as Labor leader and prime minister, Julia Gillard went to the polls to try to win a mandate for her new government. The Australian electorate, however, dealt Gillard a major blow in the House of Representatives.

‘The surge in Labor’s primary vote that brought the party to government in 2007 had evaporated by 2010. Labor’s majority was whittled away and Gillard had to lead a minority government.

‘The Labor government was then defeated in a landslide in the 2013 election that brought the Tony Abbott-led Coalition to power with a substantial lower house majority (90 seats to 55 Labor seats). Nearly three years later, the Coalition is giving a good impression of trying to repeat history.’

The TJRyan Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of any information or material available on this website. The TJRyan Foundation reserves the right to change information or material on this website at any time without notice. Links from this site to external, non-TJRyan Foundation websites should not be construed as implying any relationship with and/or endorsement of the external site or its content by the TJR Foundation, nor any commercial relationship with the owners of any external site. Should any TJRyan research project be funded by an individual or organisation the source of funding will be stated beside the research report. In all other cases contributions are provided on a pro bono basis.
Receive the latest news

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get notified about new articles

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.