Malcolm Turnbull’s fireys vow set to gain Senate crossbench support

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    Malcolm Turnbull’s fireys vow set to gain Senate crossbench support


    MALCOLM Turnbull has vowed, on his first day as Australia’s elected Prime Minister, to halt the union takeover of Victoria’s Country Fire Authority as a top priority.
    More than a week after the federal election, Mr Turnbull finally claimed victory yesterday as the Coalition edged towards a wafer-thin majority.
    And the PM last night assured Victoria’s 60,000 volunteer firefighters he would stand “shoulder to shoulder” with them and prevent a union takeover of the CFA.
    A revitalised Mr Turnbull told the Herald Sun that during the first sitting week of parliament his government would introduce legislation to amend the Fair Work Act.

    MALCOLM Turnbull has vowed, on his first day as Australia’s elected Prime Minister, to halt the union takeover of Victoria’s Country Fire Authority as a top priority.
    More than a week after the federal election, Mr Turnbull finally claimed victory yesterday as the Coalition edged towards a wafer-thin majority.
    And the PM last night assured Victoria’s 60,000 volunteer firefighters he would stand “shoulder to shoulder” with them and prevent a union takeover of the CFA.
    A revitalised Mr Turnbull told the Herald Sun that during the first sitting week of parliament his government would introduce legislation to amend the Fair Work Act.

    “We have won considerably more first-preference votes than Labor, about 800,000 more first-preference votes ... but most importantly, of course, we have secured the largest number of seats in the parliament.”
    A final Senate result is unlikely to be known for at least a fortnight.
    Mr Turnbull said it was too early to speculate whether the government would be able to pass laws to reinstate the building industry watchdog — which he used to trigger the double-dissolution election — but said it was “vital that this parliament work”.
    An emotional PM said he was holding his grand-daughter Isla, 1, whom he described as a “witness to history” when Mr Shorten called him to concede defeat.
    “It is a beautiful reminder that we are trustees … for future generations,” he said.
    Mr Shorten brought an end to the longest election campaign in half a century when he called Mr Turnbull yesterday morning to congratulate him.

    “It is clear that Mr Turn-bull and his Coalition will form a government, whether or not it is a minority government or a majority government of one or two seats,” Mr Shorten said.
    He said he expected the government to do “nothing less than keep their promises” but offered bipartisan support on some Coalition policies. He also moved to reassure voters that Labor would “stick true to its core values and promises”.
    “I think Australians would like to see Liberal and Labor working out what they agree on, and much legislation which passes through the Parliament is often done in that fashion,” he said.
    Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is in France for Bastille Day celebrations, so Mr Turnbull will have a week to finalise his new ministry and sign a new Coalition agreement with the Nationals before his Cabinet is sworn in.
    Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce said the Nationals, who will return to Canberra with a bigger partyroom, would “drive a hard bargain”.
    It’s understood he’ll press for an extra Cabinet position, but said yesterday he wanted to keep the conditions of a written agreement private.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/vi...t/news-story/bdca5c3ae320ec1a2a7cb2d1fefd4abd
 
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