Posted by: Chuck | September 17, 2013

Australia’s new PM Abbott unveils cabinet, to be sworn in Wednesday

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia’s new conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott unveiled his first cabinet on Monday, using the appointment of experienced lawmakers to promise a stable government after three years of minority rule. Abbott, who won power on a promise to focus on economic management, made only minor changes to his opposition line-up, with Joe Hockey appointed Treasurer, as expected, while Mathias Cormann becomes Finance Minister, shifting from his assistant treasury portfolio.

Abbott’s Deputy Liberal Party leader Julie Bishop will become Foreign Minister, and will be the only woman in Abbott’s 20-member cabinet, although several women were promoted to junior ministries.



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