Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

SO we have a new Prime Min­is­ter. Our fifth in five years. Mal­colm Turnbull has taken over from Tony Ab­bott and he seems in­tel­li­gent, pro­gres­sive and en­vi­ron­men­tally aware. Will he be the per­son to re­store the public’s faith in pol­i­tics and politi­cians? Well, it all comes down to trust. Trust is a key in­gre­di­ent in most suc­cess­ful re­la­tion­ships. As it turned out, Mr Ab­bott’s col­leagues did not trust him to lead them to the next elec­tion. The Aus­tralian public’s trust in Mr Ab­bott waned long be­fore that. I think it stemmed from his de­ci­sion to break elec­tions prom­ises and the tough 2014 bud­get. We all know politi­cians can break prom­ises but I don’t think we ex­pect them to do it as quickly and unashamedly as the last two gov­ern­ments. So Mr Turnbull, it’s over to you. We are pre­pared to give you a chance. We want you to be con­sul­ta­tive. Some­one we can re­spect. Here’s hop­ing.

Rick Lee - re­gional editor

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