AUSTRALIA’S two major political parties have no policy or ideology to unite the country, but there are signs that they are on the verge of a common purpose.
While some people might think the political divide is too wide, the fact is the two major parties are united on a range of issues, including the economy, the environment, immigration, education and health care.
“Both major parties have been working together on issues of common concern and we are in the midst of an exciting new phase in the evolution of Australian politics,” Mr Turnbull said.
He told his party that the new era was beginning and that there was a lot of momentum for bipartisanship in the coming years.
The Liberals and Nationals are now the most diverse of the two main parties, with nearly 80 per cent of their seats representing seats that have a majority of minority or Indigenous populations.
There are two parties in the House of Representatives with a majority majority of their MPs from Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.
Mr Turnbull said it was important for the Liberal Party to reach out to Indigenous people and to build a better relationship with Indigenous communities, particularly in remote and marginal areas.
His party’s policy platform also includes an Indigenous representation in the Senate, a new $15 an hour minimum wage and the introduction of a national daycare program. AAP/ABC