A coup is a group seizing power outside of the law.

Voting in a new party leader is not a coup, and John Samuel​ reminds us below. And it is not exactly rare in Australian politics, either.

Originally shared by John Samuel

I’m getting really tired of seeing how the recent change of administration is referred to in the media. So, just to make sure everyone understands how this works: Repeat after me: Gillard ousting Rudd: Parliamentary democracy Rudd ousting Gillard:…


  1. Indeed, most Australian PMs end by legitimately losing a vote of their party, parliament or election. Planned retirement is rare.

  2. I think people just like how edgy and cool "coup" sounds (when pronounced somewhere close to correctly).


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