Australian PM calls for unity within gov’t
CANBERRA, (Xinhua): Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday penned an opinion piece calling for unity within government, declaring that both he and voters are “sick of” politics being placed before progress.
After a week of turmoil within the government, Turnbull said that voters wanted lawmakers to simply get on with the job, describing the second half of 2017 as a time “for builders, not wreckers.”
Last weekend, cabinet minister Christopher Pyne was caught speaking ill of his party’s policy on same-sex marriage, in a leak which angered conservatives including former Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Abbott then raised eyebrows when he decided to hit “media street,” outlining his own grand plan for the coalition government despite not being on the front bench.
In an opinion piece published in News Corp newspapers Saturday, Turnbull wrote that “(voters) are sick of politics, and sick of personalities.”
“Frankly, so am I,” Turnbull wrote, “This is a time for builders, not wreckers. For leaders who get things done and don’t just talk. For negotiators and deal-makers who trade in results, not in platitudes.”
“As we enter the second year of this parliamentary term, I’m more determined than ever to govern for all 24 million Australians; to listen to their concerns and address their needs,” he wrote.
“That is precisely what I have been doing and it’s precisely what I will continue to do,” he added.
The prime minister said there were important issues for the government to deal with, citing education, healthcare and infrastructure as key focus points for the rest of 2017.
“I hear your concerns about the cost of living and I am acting on them,” Turnbull said.
“I hear your questions about roads and rail and I am funding them. I see your interest in properly funded education and I am providing it. And I see your need for a strong Medicare and reliable healthcare and I am guaranteeing them,” he said.
“It is our job to serve. But more importantly, it is our job to deliver.”