Leadership lessons: minority governments, independents and relationships

Arklay, Tracey M. (2014) Leadership lessons: minority governments, independents and relationships. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 60 1: 58-72. doi:10.1111/ajph.12045

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Author Arklay, Tracey M.
Title Leadership lessons: minority governments, independents and relationships
Journal name Australian Journal of Politics and History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9522
Publication date 2014-03-21
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ajph.12045
Open Access Status
Volume 60
Issue 1
Start page 58
End page 72
Total pages 15
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The 2010 Australian election returned the first “hung” House of Representatives since the Second World War. This paper tracks the political lessons of history to the only other time when a prime minister had to work in a hung parliament. Circumstances and political parties differ, but on closer examination some common themes emerge. The prime ministership is both a gift and a burden, where control is, for the most part illusory. R.G. Menzies lacked the personal qualities his parliamentary colleagues found in Arthur Fadden. In 1941 he lost the prime ministership because he lost the support of his party room. Just as she had defeated Kevin Rudd in 2010, Julia Gillard was eventually defeated in a caucus ballot in June 2013. However, at least initially, Gillard displayed personal traits which Rudd lacked and which enabled her to retain the trust of both the ALP caucus and key independent members. History contains some valid lessons which, given recent events, need restating: relationships in politics matter.

“History with all her volumes vast hath but one page” (Lord Byron)

Keyword Minority government
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Mon, 24 Mar 2014, 19:36:03 EST by Tracey Arklay on behalf of ISSR - Research Groups