Too many journalists more interested in the 'game of politics' & 'sensational statements' of candidates' is why the US currently has Trump destroying their nation and shitting on all their respected "conventions" of Govt.
#Auspol should beware of same here.
Riding roughshod over 'conventions' is a slippery slope.
In Australia, we have seen various Governments over the years try to skirt convention.
Normally being shamed or worried about incoming opposition Govt is a natural halter on wholesale trashing of conventions.
Because they just blandly report actions, not really informing the public as to the 'enormity' or 'context' of those actions, the public are uninformed.
Reported blandly as the action alone or like that Crowe piece which basically just says "ALP are not happy about it", is strictly speaking correct, but, NOT informing the public as to what has actually occurred at all.
These Treasury appointments for example. The reporting should state our longstanding 'conventions' to not politicise these appointments.
They should be made aware that the reason for the 'convention' is so that Treasury give 'frank, fearless, independent' advice.
This convention matters, as these Public Servants work on behalf of the Australian people, they are supposed to represent our interests, not a particular Government of the day.
I now worry it will happen here too Australia, if not is already happening.
Like all PMs he cemented his authority with a few dodgy appointments. ALL PMs do that.
Citizens need to be aware that bodies they think work for them are not.
Journalists can nitpick terminology, but, look at the US. This is where we are heading.
They need to be told conventions are being broken.
In the meantime, most punters at home are not even aware of what they have lost?
Worse, the punter at home doesn't even know they have lost it?
Convention has been trashed.
They just sack ALL the political appointments in public service to replace with their own political appointments?
Coz ALP did it, not LNP obviously?
Yet, these same journo's barely muttered when the 'independence' of these bodies were trashed in the first place?
They would be faced with 2 choices.
1. Sack all the political appointments - causing chaos while time is taken to replace.
2. Try to work around, never trusting advice given is actually Independent, stalling decisions etc?
Normally you could, as only a few of them done in a Government.
These 2 Treasury appointments are only the tip of the iceberg.
This has never happened to this degree in the past before?
Some so-called Independent bodies are so partisan now, they really should probably just be shut down & replaced.
To effectively run Government, trust in advice given by Government Department bodies and Advisory bodies, what will the ALP do?
Though as I have noticed, the general public are unaware of this.
Do ALP just follow the LNP precedence and replace with their own partisan appointments?
Do we lose years of experience due to staff under these heads not wanting to play that game each election?
The breaking of conventions should never ever be over-looked, it really is a slippery slope.
They should never looked at as just one-off type things. Before you realise it, those 'one-offs' become the 'norm'.
These things happen because our media sees it as 'business as usual'.
That doesn't make it right!
That doesn't mean it should be ignored?
As I said, reporting he said, she said is not good enough. It may be technically correct, but it is NOT informing the public.
I have what I call the "Joh Test". I apply this to all legislation or government decisions.
"Would a future Joh Bjelke-Petersen type being able to use/abuse, benefit from personally, or harm enemies with this piece of legislation"
So many decisions made by this Government, with support from the ALP mind you, don't even come close to passing the Joh test.
No-one could have predicted Abbott knighting bloody Phil?
Who saw Trump coming?
It stops the likes of an Abbott or Trump just trashing them at will. Harming both our Government and Democracy.
Please report when conventions are broken, every, single, time.
Government will only act in our - as in citizens - best interests when they are held to account, or know they are being watched.
Don't just say "so & so has appointed..."
add, "his past political adviser, going against longstanding convention"
Dont' just say, "so & so gifted".
Give #ContextForPunters more like: "The Government has given $$ TAXPAYER funds to ... without contract going to tender"
Citizens understand that language, they are not removed from it.
But, anyone on twitter who is. Please, regardless of which party you support, always speak in plain english to punters, give them context.
As Americans are seeing, so many procedures in Government they thought were 'law', were actually just 'conventions'.
So many things punters think are law when it comes to politics are just 'conventions'.
When they are trashed, or slowly killed off one by one. It sets precedents.
Precedents a future Joh or Trump can use & abuse.