Warren Truss hopes for stable, responsible government

NATIONALS leader Warren Truss wants the new Coalition government to be perceived as "good managers" of the nation and economy.

But despite his hopes of a stable, responsible government, he acknowledged the differences of opinion between the minor Coalition partner and the Liberals.

Expanding on comments he made last week, Mr Truss told The Conversation's Michelle Grattan there would be "some things of such importance" to The Nationals that the Liberals would need to accommodate them.

As the Coalition readies to officially take the reins, a proposed takeover of Graincorp by US oilseeds giant ADM will prove an early test for the new government.

Mr Truss has previously intimated he would oppose the takeover, as had outspoken Nationals, and potential Deputy Leader Barnaby Joyce, but the final decision would be incoming Treasurer Joe Hockey's.

And despite the burgeoning dispute, Mr Truss said both Coalition partners would be "working our way through any differences that might occur".

"There will, no doubt, be issues where there will be a difference of opinion, but I will particularly be looking at the way in which (any) particular issues will affect people outside the capital cities," he said.

Despite reports Mr Truss was overlooked by Coalition leadership for the Trade portfolio, he said he wanted to ensure he was a good Deputy Prime Minister, focussed on domestic issues, rather than overseas travel.

Mr Truss and other Nationals MPs will meet in Canberra on Friday to officially choose the party leadership.


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