Australia is apparently a society of the chronically tired, and our elected representatives are reflecting us in all our exhausted, cantankerous glory, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

“I’ve seen it most actively [in] the inherent stupidities of the Australian parliamentary democracy, where this false macho culture of sitting late into the night in the Parliament or into the early morning to pass such critical legislation [means] that we had to threaten each other with a Mexican standoff, revolvers pointed to each other’s heads, in a rolling game of Russian roulette, where the real leverage is sleep. And you just want to get out of there,” former prime minister Kevin Rudd observes.

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