Our ruling conservative party, the inaccurately named "Liberal Party", just got their noses bloodied in a bi-election. There incumbent Liberal Party member, the former Prime Minister of Australia, quit politics after being turfed out of his job as PM by those he semi-trusted, and this resulted in the seat being up for grabs.
The conservatives have held that seat ever since Federation back in 1901 but it has now been taken by an independent candidate. 117 years of history thrown over because, largely, the conservatives have been busy bullshitting and backstabbing madly for months and the voters are pissed off with it.
The winner is an independent, openly lesbian, legally married to her female partner, woman. Boy did the conservatives get slapped hard.
I wonder if this is going to continue into the next General Election, expected to be around May 2019, or will the Liberal Party, and the coalition partners the National Party, get their act together enough to stop the seemingly inevitable slide into political obscurity?
Personally I'm betting on obscurity for at least a decade.
Image: Independent candidate for Wentworth Kerryn Phelps (left) is embraced by her wife, Jackie Stricker-Phelps, during her victory speech. Photograph: Chris Pavlich/AAP