New Zealand's former PM mocks Australia's revolving door leadership: 'Just wear a name tag'
Australiaâs leadership roundabout has already been described as a âMuppet Showâ by its new prime minister but the nation has now been forced to endure taunts from New Zealand, whose former prime minister said âyou're looking a bit like Italyâ.
Joking about the difficulties of keeping up with Canberraâs chaos, Sir John Key, who led New Zealand from 2008 to 2016, offered observations on the decision last month by Australiaâs ruling Liberal-National Coalition to dump Malcolm Turnbull - the nationâs fourth such coup against a prime minister in eight years.
"I used to say, 'mate, I don't really mind who turns up, just wear a name badge so I know who it is,'" he said.
Sir John, who won three successive elections before retiring because he did not want to be a âcareer politicianâ, advised Australian MP s to avoid infighting and pursue âgood public policyâ.
âI don't want to say it, but you're looking a bit like Italy at the moment," he said at a conference in Australiaâs Northern Territory.
"I was the 38th prime minister of New Zealand and John Howard was 24 â" you're now up to 30."
Mr Turnbull, who became leader in 2015 after ousting Tony Abbott, was dumped last month by the Liberal party and replaced by Scott Morrison, a devout Christian.Source: Google Australia | Netizen 24 Australia