Australia

Jun 17, 2014

Essential: voters don’t trust Abbott to make a good impression overseas

A growing proportion of Australians have little or no trust in the government’s ability to handle Australia’s international relations, this week’s Essential Report shows.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

A growing proportion of Australians have little or no trust in the government’s ability to handle Australia’s international relations, this week’s Essential Report shows, with 43% of voters saying they have no trust in the government to handle the issue and a further 16% saying they had little trust.

The outcome compares to 53% in November last year, when 35% of voters said they had no trust and 18% little trust. Even 19% of Coalition voters say they have little or no trust in the government. Those saying they had some or a lot of trust fell from 41% in November to 35% last week.

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2 thoughts on “Essential: voters don’t trust Abbott to make a good impression overseas

  1. klewso

    He couldn’t make a good impression in a bucket of custard.

  2. VictorGee

    It’s not unreasonable to expect that an Oxford educated man would at least be able to speak the Queen’s English, but our PM finds great difficulty in expressing himself and his ideas on the public stage.

    Right through from Sir Robert Menzies to John Howard we have had PM’s who have expressed themselves clearly and “done Australia proud” on the world stage. But now with Abbott, we have what looks, walks and speaks like a Cowboy out of a 1940’s Western movie.

    Abbott’s portrayal of the “Okker image” during the Election campaign might be OK, but when he unwittingly displays the same image on the World stage, Australia’s image of being a progressive first-world nation is badly tarnished. Just think of how Malcolm Turnbull would do Australia proud.

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