Crisitunity and Tim Tams

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How Labor politics works:

(In caucus meeting)

Labor Politician 1: I am for this idea.

Labor Politician 2: I am against this idea.

Note: this disagreement involves more than 2 politicians. The PM/relevant Minister can be on either side of this debate)

(Caucus votes)

Labor Whip: Party votes in favour of proposal.

(Outside of caucus)

Labor Politician 1: I am for this idea.

Labor Politician 2: I am for this idea.

Labor Leader: I am for this idea.

How people seem to think it works:

Labor leader: I am leader and I decree this is our policy.

Rest of the caucus: We do not necessarily agree with you but you are our leader so we have to vote for it in parliament because you are the decision maker.

OR

Caucus: This is our policy.

Labor leader: What you have proposed is a bad idea! So I am gonna do the right thing and propose other legislation because I am PM and I can do that.

Of course if that happened…

Labor leader: As PM, I am going against that policy and ordering my own. Because it is my decision!

Caucus: Very well!

(The next day)

Newspaper headline: “GILLARD GONE. BILL SHORTEN NOW PM.”

Your problems with Labor policy are not because Gillard is a tyrant. It runs far deeper than that! Learn some basic civics before commenting on such things, please!