Historical political allegiances
have weakened, and political parties are finding it very hard to win over and
maintain a solid mandate.
In early December, a
major post-election study by the ANU found trust in Australia’s Government was
at its lowest level on record.
The nation's politicians need to do better in transparently
determining “common interest” policies that the majority can live with.
Political parties will need to demonstrate
that they can effectively address the economic issues plus make sensible
progress on the more challenging and complex issues - such as climate change - to
win future elections.