Expert commentators would have us believe there will be a new Prime Minister by the end of this week.
Given the spill saga that has enveloped federal politics this week, is there any surprise voters feel disillusioned with their elected members?
When murmurs began at the start of the week that Peter Dutton would mount a leadership challenge against Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the country thought, surely not.
But then, sure enough, there it was, bright and early on Tuesday morning. Turnbull maintained his leadership, by a whisker, and Twitter’s funny people “put their potatoes out” in Dutton’s honour.
On Wednesday, Dutton said he will again challenge Turnbull for the leadership of the Liberal Party.
This has led political analysts to form an ultimatum: by the end of the week, Turnbull will have officially called the federal election, or stepped down.
As The Examiner editorial highlighted on Tuesday, it’s deja vu.
And voters are getting nauseous from the headspins of it all.
More than that, they’re getting frustrated.
Many letters to the editor have recently expressed disappointment at the party in-fighting that is taking place.
There’s distrust as to where the intentions of our politicians lie. Many have asked the question, are they in it for their constituents, their egos, or a sense of control?
Given this week’s antics, and even the antics of the past 12 years, that’s a fair question to ask.
Vote analysis has seen a marked swing to minor parties, with the national primary vote for our three main parties on the decline.
Is it the policies that are drawing voters to these less-known parties, or is it more a distaste for the party politics of red and blue?
If it’s the latter, the Liberal and Labor parties need to break out the mouthwash, forget about fighting with their party colleagues, and focus on fighting on the best future for Australia.