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Australia's weak leadership will carry foreign policy costs

Australia faces divisive challenges without the strong leadership needed to meet them effectively

Back in 2015, Mr Malcolm Turnbull snatched the job of Australian Prime Minister from Mr Tony Abbott because the latter was doing badly in the opinion polls. Now that Mr Turnbull is doing just as badly, his leadership is inevitably and understandably under great pressure.

That is not just bad news for Mr Turnbull. It is bad for Australia, which faces momentous and potentially very divisive challenges without the strong leadership which will be needed to meet them effectively.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 24, 2018, with the headline 'Australia's weak leadership will carry foreign policy costs'. Print Edition | Subscribe