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Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott announces his First Ministry

Today, Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott has announced details of his first Ministry.

Consistent with his mantra during the campaign, Mr Abbott said that his team would work to restore strong, stable and accountable government to build a stronger Australia.

There had been much commentary and speculation as Mr Abbott finalised his frontbench line up for Government, particularly around the representation of women within Cabinet following Sophie Mirabella’s request that she … Read more »

On the Hill - Election Update, 10 September

The Coalition, led by Tony Abbott, will form a Government following a strong win at the federal election on Saturday. As counting continues today, the Coalition is ahead in 89 House of Representatives seats, having achieved a nationwide two party preferred swing of about 3.35 per cent. Recording its lowest primary vote since 1903, Labor leads in 56 seats, with minor parties and independents ahead in the remainder.

Coalition Costings

Releasing the last of its policies of the election campaign, the Coalition has this afternoon published its final costings. he costings show a further tranche of savings totalling $9 billion. Reductions in projected growth in the foreign aid budget of $4.5 billion comprise half of the savings released today. Other new savings announced included a re-phasing of the Murray Darling Water Buyback Scheme to spread four years worth of spending over six years, and a further 0.25% efficiency dividend on the public service.

Tony Abbott Addresses the National Press Club in Canberra

The Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Tony Abbott MHR, made a brief visit to Canberra yesterday to deliver a nationally televised address to the National Press Club. Mr Abbott used the address to reiterate the key messages of the Coalition campaign, stressing that real change requires a stable government in Canberra with a clear working majority, and reminding the Australian people that this outcome can only be achieved by voting for local Liberal or National Party candidates. Central to Mr Abbott and the Coalition’s pitch is a return to strong economic management, as well as restoring accountability and integrity back into Australian politics.

On The Hill - Campaign Watch, 3 September

Polling in the Sunshine State

Since Kevin Rudd’s return to the leadership of the ALP there has been a focus on Queensland in the belief that Mr Rudd’s return could lead to the ALP winning several key marginal seats in that State. Gains in QLD were expected to offset probable losses in NSW.

The ALP’s early campaign efforts focussed on the LNP held seats of Brisbane (1.1%), Forde (1.6%) and … Read more »

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