Nowhere is the media more invested in what Donald Trump will do as president than in Australia, and Tuesday night’s postelection debate is one of the most eagerly anticipated of the political season.

On a bedraggled evening in Sydney, it was the least-presumed-to-last-for-its-style Australians between Prime Minister Turnbull and Labor leader Bill Shorten who cringed the most.

Australia’s new PM Malcolm Turnbull returns from Bali after being sworn in. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

How will our friends in the US square the split decision between Mr Trump’s Asia pivot and Mr Turnbull’s decision to focus on domestic politics in the first term of a Trump administration?

Not to mention whether Mr Turnbull can and will succeed in turning the US presidency into a reliable success story and withstand being undone by the reverse – a rupture between Australia and its oldest ally on another important bilateral security and economic relationship.