Opinion

Public Sector Informant: Canberra could learn from the French about political transitions, managing ministers, using former PMs

By Mark Thomas
July 4 2022 - 7:30pm
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron met Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon in Paris last week. Picture: AAP

Now that the French are pretending to forgive us, we might copy a few aspects of their political system. The bits worthy of emulation do not include the rate of voting abstention, which exceeded half the electorate in the first round of the June parliamentary elections. Nor would it be the ridiculously over-blown powers accorded to the president. That authoritarian version of elective dictatorship should be ruled out in our referendum on the Republic.

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