EDITORIAL: Change not a dirty word for Turnbull

AFTER Malcolm Turnbull ousted Tony Abbott as the nation's leader, there was much discussion about his decision to leave major policy settings alone.

For many, it was disappointing. They'd hoped the switch would act as a short-circuit for some of Abbott's more questionable policies.

For others, it was reassuring. They'd been scared of what Turnbull might do to the government's agenda.

What is becoming clearer as the weeks go on is that the Prime Minister is running his own show.

And it's so refreshing.

Yesterday's announcement of the extension of the Gold Coast's light rail to Helensvale heralded a number of changes.

Firstly, gone is Abbott's ridiculous quarantining of federal funding for public transport. It was the stupidest thing the self-proclaimed "Infrastructure Prime Minister" ever did.

Secondly, Turnbull is prepared to work in a bipartisan fashion. You couldn't wipe the smile off our Labor premier's face.

And thirdly, Queensland will no longer be held to ransom and denied funding because we decided not to flog off our public assets.



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