The value of Australia retaining three levels of government has long been questioned by the masses, but now even politicians are questioning their own worth. The mid tier level of State politics has been thrown back under the bus as the Victorian parliament recently decided to take a breather, shutting up shop for a fortnight.
Personality clashes have been sighted as the reason for the break but a source close to the action told us that Victorian State politicians are also now seeing the light.
Opposition Leader, Labor’s Daniel Andrews said he was not prepared to work in a parliament where Ken Smith is the speaker. The standoff led to Mr Smith shutting down the parliament for 12 days.
Mr Andrews went on to say, “With Parliament shutdown everyone will carry on with their normal lives, it’s not like the current government has been doing any work in their three years in office so really nothing has changed.”
“With this in mind you have to question why we are here at all?”
“State Parliament’s was shut down for 2 weeks and I don’t think anyone actually noticed, let alone cared” said Mr Andrews.
With Christmas upon us, State Parliament will again be on hiatus for another couple of weeks adding further weight to the argument.
Should State politicians make their absence permanent there are set to be employment losses as Political commentators face the risk of having nothing to report on.
The state political media pack currently employed in Melbourne will be looking at employment retraining in the next few months. Commercial Network Executives have suggested Sunday morning Kids’ television as a potential means to keep former political commentators on air.
“Without government doing anything then there really is no need for us” said one State political reporter.
The situation is a concern for local TV news as it means they may need to cover more serious events of national and international consequence.
A news producer at Channel 7 says “It will be a challenge as we really don’t know much about what’s happening outside of Australia. We’ve always done stories on the UK and US, but thanks to the internet, we’re now covering that latest civil war in Africa too. Although you really can’t beat a news story about a local politician posing in front of a new tram stop.”
MPs from other states are also considering their options.
“If the public don’t see any value then really we are getting paid for doing nothing and whilst it’s nice for us and our families I am not too sure the population will put up with it for much longer” a State politician from Queensland told us.
In response, State Premier Dennis Napthine has promised a full enquiry that will be conducted over the next 7 years at a cost of $30m.
Exactly what that enquiry would entail the Premier couldn’t be specific on but the major consultancy and legal firms will be opening champagne bottles tonight.