The groupthink at present is that the big parties are as bad as each other. Labor is being lumped in with the Liberals’ toxic problems. A few things:

  1. Yes, Labor went through a terrible period and made mistakes earlier this decade on leadership. We recognise that. 
  2. We still governed successfully and managed the country through the Global Financial Crisis and implemented solid social and environmental policy.
  3. We learned from that whole experience.
  4. We put in place systems to ensure that what happened can’t happen again. 
  5. Our leadership woes were related to who had the best chance for us to win at an election. It wasn’t about policy.
  6. The Liberals leadership is a totally different matter. Their battle is about ideology and taking their party to the far right. This is a civil war over policy. 
  7. The Nats are fuelling this civil war in the Libs. They’re fanning the flames. 
  8. In my 25 years of party membership, I have never seen Labor so united, cohesive, policy-focused, courageous and able.

And as for the Nationals. Kevin Hogan from the Nationals seems to have missed something (in complaining about Labor). The Nationals have been just as bad as the Liberals on the revolving door. Don’t lump us in with your problems. Hypocrit.

Nationals Leader 

  • 2015 – Warren Truss
  • 2016 – Barnaby Joyce
  • 2017 – Barnaby Joyce
  • 2018 – Michael McCormack

Nationals Deputy Leader

  • 2015 – Barnaby Joyce
  • 2016 – Fiona Nash 
  • 2016 – Fiona Nash
  • 2018 – Bridget McKenzie

Labor Leader

  • 2015 – Bill Shorten
  • 2016 – Bill Shorten
  • 2017 – Bill Shorten
  • 2018 – Bill Shorten

Labor Deputy Leader

  • 2015 – Tanya Plibersek
  • 2016 – Tanya Plibersek
  • 2017 – Tanya Plibersek
  • 2018 – Tanya Plibersek

Updated: 23 August 2018