Amid much debate about the loss of political capacity to prosecute economic reform, the issue of trust gets overlooked. It's a kind of triple threat. It's harder these days for politicians to communicate effectively than it used to be, given the fragmentation of the media environment, and the current generation of politicians, Malcolm Turnbull honourably excepted, struggle with communicating anything requiring nuance or complexity. Tony Abbott is the exemplar of this problem, being incapable of delivering any message not framed around stopping something (or, to be fair, a grocery code of conduct).