Stability in Australian politics has been assured with the re-election of Julie Bishop as Liberal deputy leader.
For several panic-fuelled hours, the deputy leadership was declared vacant despite Ms Bishop’s loyal service to a string of Liberal leaders.
Whilst Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott vied for the temporary – and largely ceremonial – role of Prime Minister, all eyes were on the crucial Deputy Leader vote.
We needn’t have worried.
The loyal deputy of Brendan Nelson, the loyal deputy of Malcolm Turnbull and the loyal deputy of Tony Abbott is now the even more loyal deputy of Malcolm Turnbull, defeating would-be usurper Kevin Andrews 70 votes to 30.
“Stable government means good government,” said a relieved Ms Bishop.
“Changing deputy leaders mid-term would have sent a message to the electorate that the Coalition was as unstable as the Labor Party.”
“Having been re-elected Liberal deputy leader, I promise to help Mr Turnbull and whoever succeeds him make Australia great.”
The Tunnel are satire writers from Australia.