Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
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Trust me? Not a chance say Australians in new survey

AUSTRALIA has its new Prime Minister in Malcolm Turnbull but our suspicions have already gotten the better of us, with fewer of us trusting anything that our politicians say.

in the honeymoon period of late 2015 immediately after Mr Turnbull took power from Tony Abbott, trust in our government hit a high of 60%, according to the 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer, which considers how we view politicians, media and non-government groups.

Edelman's survey found that just six months later in March this year, there had been "some of the lowest levels of trust from the past three years".

The level of trust has now hit a lot not scene since Mr Abbott's dismal period in late 2014.

Liberal and Labor fans have no moral high ground here either, each party are considered almost equally untrustworthy -- with Labor on 29% and Liberal on 31%.

"Trust in all institutions has mirrored the volatility that has characterised recent politics in Australia," said Steve Spurr, Edelman Australia's CEO.

"With the shine coming off another political leader, this year's results highlight how quickly trust can be lost in a person or institution.

"This is a valuable lesson for institutions.

"We are entering a period in time that requires leaders to embrace authenticity and be viewed as a human rather than be judged by their list of achievements, to effectively build trust and connection with consumers."

Other key findings from the 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer include:

·         Australian employees are in the bottom five least trusting around the world, with 46 per cent from the general population not trusting their employer to do the right thing.

·         Australians in the general population believe that government (75 per cent) and business (62 per cent) have a responsibility to create equality.

·         75 per cent of the general population in Australia believes the gap between those who are wealthy and those who are not has widened in the past five years.

·         Those who believe that the wealth inequality gap has grown list cost of living (77 per cent), escalating house prices (69 per cent) and levels of debt (52 per cent) as the main reasons for inequality.

·         70 per cent of the general population are calling for a fair 'living wage' to be paid to all employees to combat inequality.



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