Federal Parliament resumed today, after a three week break.
And the honeymoon continues for Prime Minister Turnbull.
The latest opinion poll shows him well ahead as Australia’s choice of Prime Minister.
Adriana Mageros reports.
Today’s Newspoll says Malcolm Turnbull is ahead in popularity as preferred Prime Minister, leading Bill Shorten 57 to 19%.
But the Opposition and Government are locked at 50-50 in two party terms.
Sixty-two per cent of people also support the Liberal’s leadership change, while 27% don’t approve of the toppling of Tony Abbott.
The former Prime Minister sat on the backbench during question time alongside former treasurer Joe Hockey, the first time Mr Abbott had done so in 20 years.
He spent question time replying to correspondence only occasionally looking up, even as he was praised by his successor.
Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister: “A prime minister, the leader who took us out of Opposition, took on the Labor Party, brought to an end the six worst years of government.”
The Prime Minister also addressed the shooting of police employee Curtis Cheng outside a New South Wales police station 10 days ago.
Mr Turnbull says Australians shouldn’t undermine national interest by labeling all Muslims as responsible for the attack.
Malcom Turnbull, Prime Minister: “Our Australian family will defy and defeat those who challenge our security whoever they are and wherever they may be.”
Mr Turnbull challenged those closest to these vulnerable young men over what they can do to stop them being radicalised, a sentiment echoed by the Opposition leader.
Bill Shorten, Opposition leader: “If we are divided, we cannot succeed. If we stand together, we cannot fail.”
Mr Shorten marks two years as Labor leader tomorrow.
Adriana Mageros QUT News.