The Prime Minister is Australia’s Head of Government (technically the Governor General and Queen rank above the Prime Minister, but they don’t run the government).
Australia’s system is based on Britain’s - elections must be held within a particular period (about three years for Australia) but the Prime Minister may call one earlier. In this case, the three years expires early next year. If an election is called, all Members of the lower House of Parliament run for election - similar to a Congressional election in the US. The party (or parties in coalition) that win the most seats hold government and their leader is the Prime Minister.
So this election will determine which party governs Australia, and who the Prime Minister is.
Seems like she is rushing it a bit, why not enjoy the newly acquired reign a bit?? Wasn’t Rudd from a different party? How did the PM party switch happen - seems like the lower House of Parliament would have to change hands first?
What would be the best possible election results for conservatism in Australia?
So did Gillard ‘usurp’ the position from KRudd? Maybe that’s why she didn’t boot him out of the lodge- just started acting like she was running the ship and KRudd meekly looked at the toes of his shoes? Heard she’s made ‘too many deals’ on the way up and is looked at with skepticism?
Bet she’s got more goods on him with that Chinese diplomat with the shady business deals. [At least that’s how backroom deals might work over here, especially if a Clinton was anywhere nearby. Their ‘contacts’ tended to go for drives in Fort Marcy park]