the simplest summary I can give to everyone confused about Australia’s political climate right now is that our leading parties have been playing Wheel of Fortune with who gets to run the country since 2010
the slightly more convoluted version is that in our elections while we’re voting for a particular person as Prime Minister, we’re technically voting for their party as a whole. which means that after that person is elected, their party, with enough votes, can kick that PM out and replace them with a new one without any say from the Australian public. this used to be seen as a very dangerous, dramatic move, but after the Labor party did it in 2010, everyone’s decided it’s the new fun fad.
that being said, this time it’s a little different, because the ‘spill vote’ as it’s called, fractured the Liberal party so badly that they no longer have enough votes within the party to keep our fresh PM – or the party – in power. so this time the public will be voting about whether or not we still want these people in charge, at an unannounced future date.
sidenote: the Liberal party in Australia are the right wing guys.
never mind @electricpurplelamp summarised it way better