It seems that you need five chief characteristics to have a chance of becoming the PM in Australia:
2. Grey hair;
4. A love of the cliche; and
5. An 'economic conservative'.
What does this say of Australian society? That we are conservative and risk averse? Would Australia ever tolerate an Obama, Sargozy or even a Gordon Brown.
The last PM with charisma was Keating. Johnny was many things, but charismatic and inspiring he was not. Maybe I need to give Kevin07 time and see if the cliches dry up. Or maybe Garret will take up Keating's helm. Help me here Australia. Otherwise I might buy a bottle of hair dye, get some steel rimmed glasses and sign up at my local branch of the 'insert Liberal or Labor' party.
'I am an economic conservative. I believe in giving working families a go. I am an economic conservative'. 'I believe in giving working families a go.' Infinitus...