Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott announces 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 not be considered for a role. As counting continues, Ms Mirabella is still battling to hold her regional Victorian seat of Indi.
Mr Abbott needed to take this and a number of other factors into account, not least of which was the Ministers of State Act (1952), which requires that the number of Ministers not exceed 30 and the number of Parliamentary Secretaries not exceed 12. Of note, Mr Abbott has also simplified ministerial and departmental titles to reflect his determination to run a ‘back to basics’ government.
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Mr Abbott and his ministry will be sworn in by the Governor-General at Government House on Wednesday morning.
It has also been announced that the Coalition will nominate Bronwyn Bishop as its candidate to become Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Grandfather of the House, Philip Ruddock, will become the Chief Government Whip.
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