Australia’s Government is in disarray. And, this morning, Australian’s everywhere have their head in their hands.
What was, yesterday, a bemused response to a schoolyard fight that never happened has become, today, an embarrassment of the grandest scale. It is beyond remarkable that a governing party can tear itself to pieces in such a public forum.
For some in the Northern Hemisphere, Australia’s little hissy-fit is what you might expect from those who live in a country that’s far too hot. But for those whose interest touches international affairs, the consequence of such a spat is more apparent.
With a resourcing sector that is currently fuelling much of China’s growth (on Monday China broke the magic 2.2 million-tonnes-of-imported-coal-per-day record), a stumbling Government is unnerving, and its consequences more profound.
This week our Head of Public Affairs, Jacquelynne Willcox, has provided two very insightful pieces on the impact of Australia’s political turmoil and the contextual relevance of Sino-Australian relations. It’s both insightful and somewhat scary stuff.