New Prime Minister

Liberal voters should welcome the spill that has given Australia Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister.
Even the biggest fans of Tony Abbott would concede that he was losing his grip on the electorate.
A political leader can dismiss the results of consecutive polls for only so long before the rhetoric becomes stale.
Mr Abbott was on the nose, Nick Xenophon’s new Party was shaping up to be a serious contender for SA seats and Mr Turnbull’s supporters could clearly see that if the Coalition kept going down the same trajectory, Labor’s Bill Shorten would be a red hot favorite to win the next election.
Mr Shorten’s odds to win government have now lengthened considerably.
He doesn’t have Abbott’s gift of performing in Opposition and, thanks to a union investigation, has his own image problems.
With Mr Abbott no longer a convenient target to hide behind, he’s going to have to work much harder.
Mr Turnbull now has a year to see if his socially progressive, financially conservative public image will resonate with voters.
He also has to deliver on policies, cement his leadership, keep the Nationals on side and show that he has learned from the lessons of the past when he was deposed as Opposition Leader.
It will be a balancing act but as the swift execution of Monday’s spill showed, the new Prime Minister is a deft political operator.
He will also be helped by the fact that his predecessor is a loyal man, and no Kevin Rudd.
Mr Abbott comes across as a man who will accept his colleagues’ decision, particularly since he was given a warning and a six month reprieve to prove himself.
It was probably Mr Abbott’s loyalty to his supporters that contributed to his demise.
You cannot point the finger at the Australian people and tell them they are living beyond their means when the Speaker of the House is using the public purse to charter helicopter flights to Party fundraisers.
That incident and the ensuing furore over politicians entitlements largely derailed Mr Abbott’s second chance.
In one sense that’s a shame for his legacy because whatever else you can say about the former PM, he did what he said he would do – he stopped the boats and he got rid of both the mining and carbon taxes.