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No prime minister has served a full term since 2007, with five different faces becoming prime minister in the last five years: Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull – and now, in the latest party-room coup, Scott Morrison, whom most Australians, let alone international observers, would struggle to identify in a lineup.The internal rules of the major parties – the now governing Liberal-National coalition, and until recently Labor – have permitted leaders, including serving prime ministers, to be torn down overnight by their own colleagues, with no referral to the wider party membership or other delaying process.With the public manifestly fed up with division and dysfunction in the governing coalition parties, Australia's next election, most likely in May 2019, seems now almost certain to result in yet another new prime minister, Labor's Bill Shorten.As party leader, Shorten continues to generate mixed reviews, not least because of the difficulty he sometimes seems to have in suppressing his instincts as a former trade-union apparatchik.
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