Canning by-election: Voters mostly unimpressed by new Prime Minister

New Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, along with Deputy Prime Minister Julie Bishop, after this morning’s swearing in. Picture: Lukas Coch - Pool/Getty Images.
New Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, along with Deputy Prime Minister Julie Bishop, after this morning’s swearing in. Picture: Lukas Coch - Pool/Getty Images.

CANNING voters in Mandurah seem singularly unimpressed by the change in Prime Minister from Tony Abbott to Malcolm Turnbull.

A street survey found no strong opinions either way.

Although many voters disliked Abbott and hoped the new Prime Minister would be an improvement, they had low opinions of politicians generally.

The majority of voters interviewed said the change would make no difference to the way they voted in the Canning by-election this Saturday.

Dermot Quigley, an Irishman who recently returned to Mandurah to live, believed the change would make little difference

However he said he and his wife hoped for good immigration and climate control policies, particularly in WA.

He described Abbott as an “international buffoon” and hoped Turnbull would be an improvement.

Another resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said Turnbull would be a “big improvement”.

“Turnbull says what he wants to do and does it,” they said.

“It’s about time we got a Prime Minister we can keep.”

While another voter said it made no difference who was in power.

“Politicians get elected and then do just what they want for their party and themselves,” they said.

“The Liberals and Labor should form one government rather than passing on the rubbish to each other.”

Locals will go to the polls on Saturday to vote in the replacement for former MHR Don Randall, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year.