Tiffen, Rodney: How changing times made Australia’s political leaders more disposable

Rodney Tiffen

How changing times made Australia’s political leaders more disposable‘, The Conversation, 16 February 2017

Looks at factors behind the relatively rapid denefenestration of Australian political leaders, state and federal, since – well, since Menzies, the only one who wasn’t defenestrated.

The increasing frequency of leadership coups has not made them any less disruptive. In process, they are often fraught by uncertainty and crisis and sometimes these, the most personal of political conflicts, produce enduring legacies of bitterness and internal division.

The piece comes from Tiffen’s new book, Disposable Leaders: Media and Leadership Coups from Menzies to Abbott. See also: Norman Abjorensen on ‘the manner of their going’, which is also mostly through windows with their party colleagues pushing.

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