The multi-millionaire former banker and tech entrepreneur succeeded Tony Abbott as Australia’s 29th prime minister
Malcolm Turnbull, 60 year-old, leader of Liberal Party succeeded Tony Abbott as Australia’s 29th prime minister. He sworn as country’s new PM, Tuesday, after he won the subsequent ballot with 54 votes to Abbott’s 44. Late on Monday, the Liberal Party voted in a secret ballot to replace Tony Abbott as the leader of the senior party.
On 14 September 2015, Turnbull challenged Tony Abbott for the leadership of the Liberal Party, leader of the Liberal-National Coalition and Prime Minister. He then won in the subsequent ballot of Liberal MPs and sworn on 15 September as Australia’s 29th prime minister. Upon replacing Abbott, Turnbull promised to focus on stability and improving a faltering economy and vowed to embrace the party’s twin traditions of liberalism and conservatism.
New Australia’s PM, Malcolm Turnbull stated, “We need to have in this country…an economic vision, a leadership that explains the great challenges and opportunities that we face, that describes the way in which we can handle those challenges, seize those opportunities, and does so in a manner that the Australian people understand.”
In statement of Kate Carnell, lobby group’s chief executive, “We need confidence, we need solid leadership and we need a government that is better at selling its message. But we don’t believe the government is achieving quite as much as we’d hoped they would. We’ve still got a scenario in Australia where business confidence is struggling.”
While others believed to have a better country for his leadership, others saw he is worst than Tony Abbott. Peter Chen, a senior lecturer in government at Sydney University said, “Malcolm Turnbull is much more of a threat to the leader of the opposition than Tony Abbott was. It looks like, unless things really change, the government will get a second term in office.”
However, media groups are hoping a change in leadership with Mr Turnbull tipped to put media ownership reform back on the table. “Malcolm Turnbull brings an intellect and business acumen to the role second to none. Unlike his predecessor, he will bring curiosity and openness to the future combined with a strong grasp of the digital revolution and its opportunities,” said Investa Office Fund chairman Deborah Page.
Having a new Prime Minister, Deputy Queensland Premier Jackie Trad hoped the change in leadership would be good news for funding the second stage of Gold Coast light rail system. She said, “The number one impediment to extending Gold Coast light rail was removed last night. I’m very happy to advise that the new prime minister loves Gold Coast light rail. He loves Gold Coast light rail.” IMAGE/Alex Ellinghausen