Malcolm Turnbull can expect to be given a significant honeymoon period as the newly elected Prime Minister. He was preferred prime minister ahead of all contenders including the incumbent and the leader of the opposition. Clearly people like him.
Yet, when the dust settles, there will be tensions between the public expectations of what he will do as PM and what his party will actually let him do.
He is known to be a supporter of marriage equality but the Parliamentary Liberal party has ducked the issue in the hope it will go away until after the next election (read “go away forever”).
There will be an expectation in the community that Malcolm Turnbull will move to introduce legislation for marriage equality. But his early pronouncement is that he is happy with government policy as it stands.
As he is on climate change.
And he’s going to have to fix the NBN which is run over budget on his watch.
His republican credentials are well known, so people will expect some action on this front as well.
The polls indicated that his greatest support was amongst Labor rather than liberal voters.
If he is to win the next election, the polls indicate that he will need to win over quite a number of Labour supporters/swinging voters.
If he thinks that all he has to do is to “get the message across” about existing government policies, he is probably wrong.
He’s going to need to shift the parliamentary Liberal party on a range of policies.
So he is going to have to get everybody singing from the and new and revised hymn book, it will be the same old hymn book but with a different chorister.