Malcolm Turnbull, former Liberal Party leader and the communications spokesman for the Liberal-led coalition, stands in front of an apartment block in central Sydney September 3, 2013. A popular millionaire technology entrepreneur, Turnbull, is behind the Australian opposition's flagship revised plan for a national high-speed internet service, and is himself a not-so-secret weapon for this Saturday's federal election being well-liked by both business and the public. More left-leaning than his successor as party leader, Tony Abbott, Turnbull is consistently chosen in opinion polls as the country's preferred leader over his right-wing boss, with his appeal extending to swing voters. Picture taken September 3, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray

After Malcolm Turnbull made it to prime ministership following a snap election that ousted Tony Abbott from the same role on Monday, Australians have expressed their views on the newest developments at the pinnacle of political affairs through social media and otherwise. While some have welcomed the new change, others exhibited signs of apprehension.

Even though the change in the leadership came by quite swiftly it wasn’t totally out of the blue as well. Many took to Facebook to rejoice over Tony Abbott’s exit.

Thousands of Facebook users spilled over on the wall of the page “Don’t blame I didn’t vote Liberal” and put across their views and opinions on the new head of the state and on the outgoing prime minister as well. Cecilia Dowd, a Facebook user wrote, “the definition of what it means to be Liberal is under the microscope. One can only hope for the sake of the country that the more level and equitable heads in the party might rein in the fascist elements.”

“I think Malcolm Turnbull is the right man for the job. I always see him walking around the electorate, talking to people,” the ABC news quoted George Murrell, a resident of Wentworth, as saying. "He has a great economic background and we need a prime minister who can turn the Australian economy around. I'm not too worried about how the change of leadership happened. The Liberal Party knows what they're doing and I think they've selected the right man."

Therese from Sydney also feels that Turnbull will make a much better prime minister than Abbott. “It's not my side of politics, but it's a better choice. Mr Abbott had to go. He's lost all support from the Australian people,” she said. “I really hope we see a change for the good.”

However, Paul Porb, who is an electrician by profession, is quite disappointed at the turnout. “I voted for Tony Abbott and I think it is unbelievable that the Liberal Party has allowed a coup by Malcolm Turnbull,” he told the ABC News. “It's not up to the politicians to decide who leads the country.”

Not only individuals, but industry bodies too have welcomed Turnbull as the new prime minister. Turnbull, who has a background in business, is being looked up on by the industries and the business establishments to bring positive economic reforms and lift consumer and business confidence.

“Mr Turnbull has a track record in business and we look forward to that informing his approach as prime minister,” Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Kate Carnell said. “Australia needs leadership that understands the country must live within its means and prepare its economy for the challenges ahead.”

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