New Australian PM Abbott says job now is to keep public trust
SYDNEY (AFP) - Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott said on Friday the time to savour victory was over, telling his party they had won the trust of Australia and their job now was to keep it.
The conservative, who ended six years of Labor rule in elections last weekend, was rubberstamped as Liberal leader at the first meeting of his party since being elected and told his colleagues they must deliver on their commitments.
"We have won the trust of the Australian people, our challenge now is to earn it and to keep it," Mr Abbott said in some of his first comments since winning office as he adopts a lower-key approach after a frenetic, media-driven, election campaign.
"Our task is but briefly to savour the moment. Our task is to give a great country and a great people the better government that the people of Australia deserve.