Australia's new Prime Minister Scott Morrison left to win back citizens' trust

On Saturday Australians woke up to a new Prime Minister, adjusting to the idea of Scott Morrison as their country's leader after a dramatic and discombobulating few days.

There's widespread public distaste for the on-going and extraordinary political instability in Australia, with voters left fed up with all the drama.

"I'd like to see one [Prime Minister] serve a full term. That'd be nice," one woman told Newshub.

Another resident called the government "dysfunctional", adding: "We just have to look across the ditch to see good government being done in New Zealand, by both sides of the political fence."

Political expert Stephen Hoadley told Newshub Mr Morrison has the hefty job of winning the trust of not only his own caucus, but the public.

"It's a level of politics that begins to approach that of the United States... Very different from the more laidback, civil style of New Zealand politics," he said.

And although New Zealand's style of politics may be desirable to the Australians, things aren't likely to improve for Kiwis across the ditch under Mr Morrison.

New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo credit: AAP

"Making concessions for New Zealand is not on the cards because if they make concessions for New Zealand they'll have to make it for China, and every other country in the world, and Australia doesn't want to open the door," Mr Hoadley said.

The newspaper coverage of Canberra's parliament over the past week has been scathing, with Malcolm Turnbull's government taking a hammering.

On Saturday it couldn't be more different, with newspapers picturing a happy family photo alongside the sorts of headlines leaders dream about, including:

"Great Scott", "Scomo a go-go", "Scomo gets his fair go" and "Scomo to heal wounds".

The headlines politicians dream of.
The headlines politicians dream of. Photo credit: Newshub.

But how long will it last?

The by-election for Malcolm Turnbull's seat could tilt the Liberal Party's narrow one-seat majority and force a general election.

Mr Hoadley warned Mr Morrison will need to watch his back.

"He's got a big challenge not only running the foreign and domestic affairs of Australia, but running the affairs of his own party and coalition."

There's a new Prime Minister tasked with bringing stability back to the Liberal Party and support from fed up Australians, as the federal elections loom.


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