Australia’s politicians must put aside destructive partisan divides so that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has the stability he needs to deliver a positive policy agenda and to lead the nation through global economic uncertainty.
Australia has suffered from weak and unstable leadership for much of the past seven years. This time the stakes are even higher, as the Australian and global economy heads into a period of heightened uncertainty.
On the global stage, there is less confidence about business-as-usual settings than there was even 12 months ago.
Brexit – while unlikely to end in doom – came as a surprise to markets and there will be a period of uncertainty until details of the arrangement are confirmed.
Trump’s nomination was also a big surprise to markets, and although he is unlikely to win Presidency, it has exposed a vulnerability to extreme views within one of the USA’s great political parties.
In the background there are ongoing risks of financial crisis in Greece and China. On top of all this, there is the South China Sea dispute.
The RBA’s decision to cut interest rates to record lows reflects a significant concern about the economic outlook.
For Australia to successfully navigate through these stormy waters, we need stability at the helm.
But with a government majority of just one in the lower house, a mixed bag cross bench in the upper house, and the potential for disunity in the government’s own benches, there is no guarantee Australia will get the stability it sorely needs unless our politicians work together.
Coalition MPs should stay united behind Turnbull, and put aside any temptation to rekindle factional disputes. It is not in the national interest.
Some MPs on the Coalition’s right, such as George Christensen and Corey Bernardi, have not necessarily been as supportive of their leader as they should be. They should not forget that Malcolm Turnbull is the man elected by the Australian people as our national leader.
Australians are tired of petty partisanship and underhand infighting. As a newly elected Prime Minister, Turnbull must be given an opportunity to deliver on the agenda to which he was democratically entrusted.
The cross-benchers, and the Opposition, should also give Turnbull a fair go. Wise opponents will look for areas of common ground, rather than opposing for opposing’s sake.
Industry Update Publisher Scott Filby said that although the magazine usually avoids political opinion, the stakes are now too high not to speak up.
“As we enter a tumultuous and uncertain economic environment, Australian businesses need political stability more than ever” said Mr Filby.
“Our politicians must put aside narrow partisanship to ensure that the Prime Minister can lead the nation through the rough waters ahead.”
Industry Update calls on all politicians – from across the spectrum – to remember the civic spirit that motivated them to take part in public life.
That spirit requires that they put aside self-interest and act in the national interest.
All politicians must now work together to foster a new environment to give business – and all Australians – the very best chance of success.
To do this, they must put away the knives.
They must let Malcolm rule.