Well Ben, then it demonstrates how naive our Voters are.
Might be valid in a Presidential system like the USA, where POTUS rules the Country, but in our Westminster Parliamentary democracy, the PM has no such power or role, and the Opposition Leader has no power at all. Both have jobs to lead and be spokesperson for their Parliamentary Party, and whether they are popular or not should be irrelevant.
In fact for some large egos, like KRudd, popularity just added to his dictatorial style which led to his downfall.
Now I have always subscribed to respect for our Leaders, and whether I like Abbott, Turnball, Rudd, Shorten or Gillard has no merit in how I decide to vote. In fact,my vote is all about Policy and how it is good for me, my family and my Nation.
Leaders such as Shorten have copped criticism over many things, and having read above a rebuke for Shorten for arriving in Tasmania after miners were rescued to take the limelight, is amusing and factually incorrect, but sounds like a good story to beat up on a Leader so why not. We do it all the time, and the scrutiny and unbending bad publicity that James Hird endured is just another example of our willingness to bring those Tall Poppies down.
If Bill Shorten was not belittled by the NewsCorp/Fairfax media then he is probably not doing his job, and after being cleared of any wrong doing by a Royal Commission, he is still “not liked”. As I said I have now met Bill a number of times and I like him, I respect the hard work and character he showed in uniting a Labor Party after the Rudd debacle and think he has the aptitude and resolve to Lead our Nation. I do like him, but did not vote for him.
As you know I am no fan of the Greens and while I do like much of their policy I am disappointed in their approach and actions. I have never met Richard DiNatale, and do not dislike him at all, and I respect him as a Leader. He has done some dumb things, but who hasn’t.
It has always been a great lament of mine that Australia generally loves kicking our Leaders and other greats in the Community. Whether it be Bill Shorten, Tony Abbott, Mal Turnball or James Hird, they deserve our respect for their efforts and not our scorn.