On both sides of the Tasman, leadership contests are occurring for the socialists.
Here the three ring circus is concluding on Sunday after a month of a rudderless Labour opposition, with Martin Luther Cunliffe the likely successor, the Union vote the clincher.
The West Island is embarking on a similar process between Anthony Albanese, elevated to deputy leader after the resurrection of the once vanquished vegemite man, and Bill Shorten, famous for ending the careers of two sitting prime ministers in spectacular fashion in little more than three years. It is estimated that the process over there will consume two months leaving the destroyed labor Party without a shadow cabinet as Abbott sets out to govern the lucky country. In light of the constitutional and democratic function suspensions recent talk is to install Declared non candidate Chris Bowen, KRudd's Treasurer, to become an interim house leader with the campaign ministry now defeated, to be the shadow cabinet.
A common thread exists in the charade in both cases with the supposed democratisation of leadership elections leaving potential leaders in both cases unable to command support from a majority of the team they are to lead.
Is that a recipe for instability or what.
Much of the inherent instability in any leadership change occurs when the loser sulks and schemes on the back bench. KRudd did for three years and that contributed substantially to Gillard's blighted ministry.
Muldoon ran a similar role but did not show overt designs on a return to the top job.
A more sensible addition to the inevitable removal of a leader process for any political party, could come with a rule triggering the immediate departure of a defeated head honcho from the party, enabling a better semblance of a new start.
Gillard had the grace and dignity to leave promptly leaving the field clear for KRudd's best shot that fell well short .
On the other hand the longest serving Australian Prime Minister in modern time, John Howard, would have gone to the knackers yard in the musical chairs following the Frazer reign and in the face of the dominating charismatic and popular Bob Hawke.
Peacock, Howard, Hewson, Downer, then Howard again, conducted a very damaging series of leadership contests that had the net effect of losing unloseable elections and perpetrating Hawke and then Keating's hold on federal power.
The National Party has shown no signs of abandoning the brutal but decisive changes in command, that is definitely a benefit for the party, the caucus and the country.