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The Joy Of Being Prime Minister

It ain't hanging out in federal parliament

31/10/2016 1:45 PM AEDT | Updated 31/10/2016 1:47 PM AEDT
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Alex Ellinghausen, Fairfax
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is in there smiling somewhere.

CANBERRA – Malcolm Turnbull was lucky to get to the remote South Australia (thanks to high winds affecting his plane landing), but once there he appeared to be appreciating being far away from the troubles of the national capital.

Turnbull is trying to get his legislative agenda through a testing new Senate and is being kept on his toes through the one seat majority in the House.

He's also facing continued criticism that he's not being true to his moderate roots, but appearing to appease the conservative right of the Coalition.

And there's Tony.

The Prime Minister has been visiting the remote Aboriginal community of Yalata to talk about the cashless welfare debit card -- a national roll out has been flagged -- and announce the six month roll out of the Army Aboriginal Community Advancement Programme.

An early learning centre will be built and other infrastructure will be repaired.

Alex Ellinghausen, Fairfax
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull takes a selfie at Yalata

Turnbull, unlike his predecessor, is not known for visiting remote communities, but he told reporters during the visit that he was enjoying himself.

"This is part of the joy of being Prime Minister of this great, big country with so much diversity in it," he said.


It was a quick trip. Less than 48 hours, but Turnbull has promised, "I'll be back."

"I'm spending time here and then I'll be doing it again in other communities. So it's -- it's a busy job with many claims on my time."

"But as you can see, the engagement with Indigenous Australians is consistent. It's constant. And it is as diverse as their experiences."

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