Tony names his team
PM elect Tony Abbott has announced a Cabinet with few surprises - and just one woman. Labor has seized on the imbalance, suggesting it is worse than Afghanistan.PT3M9S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2tunu 620 349 September 16, 2013
Tony Abbott has defended his first cabinet line-up as the right mix to deliver ''strong and stable government'', despite naming only one woman in his 19-minister executive and putting just four more in his 11-strong junior ministry.
In effect the prime minister-elect took command of the government on Monday after winning the election 10 days ago. He addressed the media to reveal his team, to be sworn in on Wednesday.
Easy rider: Tony Abbott has named only one woman in his cabinet, Julie Bishop. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Gone were the key portfolios of water, climate change, science and aged care. These will be contained within portfolios but not named individually.
Mr Abbott said he would have liked more women but was unable to do that because the re-election of his industry spokeswoman, Sophie Mirabella, was in serious doubt. ''Sophie would be in the cabinet, so plainly I am disappointed that there are not at least two women in the cabinet,'' he said.
''Nevertheless, there are some very good and talented women knocking on the door of the cabinet and there are lots of good and talented women knocking on the door of the ministry so I think you can expect to see, as time goes by, more women in both the cabinet and the ministry.''
The only woman named a parliamentary secretary was the out-of-favour Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. The NSW right-wing senator was demoted after her role in sponsoring the failed Greenway candidate Jaymes Diaz, against Mr Abbott's express wishes.
As expected, Bronwyn Bishop will be speaker.
The gender imbalance brought a rebuke from acting opposition leader Chris Bowen, who noted that Afghanistan had more women in its cabinet. And Queensland LNP senator Sue Boyce called the male-heavy line-up embarrassing.
The portfolios had noticeably shorter titles, sparking criticism that Mr Abbott had either overlooked key responsibilities such as science, aged care and climate change, or was making a political statement that these were no longer worthy of separate mention under his administration.
''One of the things that I have attempted to do with … is avoid the proliferation of titles, the sometimes grandiose titles of the former government where it sometimes seemed that ministers needed an extra large business card to contain all of their various titles,'' he said.
Climate change will be subsumed into the responsibilities of environment minister Greg Hunt.
The biggest winner was Liberal senator Mathias Cormann who goes from shadow assistant treasurer to cabinet as finance minister. He takes the post some believed had been earmarked for NSW senator Arthur Sinodinos.
Sinodinos was promoted but only to the outer ministry as assistant treasurer.
Another winner was Michaelia Cash from Western Australia who becomes assistant minister for immigration and border protection and minister assisting the prime minister for women.
Victorian Liberals Josh Frydenberg and Alan Tudge, were made parliamentary secretaries to the prime minister.
Since the election, Mr Abbott has been receiving briefings from public services officials, some of whom may be moved as the new government reorders public service departments and shifts key personnel.
But Mr Abbott hosed down suggestions of an early return to parliamentary sittings, offered no further details on a long-promised visit to Indonesia, and hinted that the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook report, usually delivered in November, would wait until January.
''One thing I'm not going to do is call back the Parliament for show. When it comes back it will be for substance,'' he said.
''I will be going to Indonesia in any event for an important international conference, the APEC meeting in Bali. I think that starts on about the 5th or 6th of October.
''The important thing is to get the right policies in place as quickly as we can so that when MYEFO does come out, it is - it does so in ways which reassure the Australian people the economy is under stronger management than it might have been over the last few years.''
The Coalition's frontbench: who's in, who's out
In: Matthias Cormann (WA, Finance)
one seat left vacant
Out: Sophie Mirabella (Vic, Industry) - lost seat
John Cobb (NSW, NP, Agriculture) - dropped
Outer Ministry (11)
In: Fiona Nash (NSW, NP, Asst Education)
Michaelia Cash (WA, Asst Immigration)
Jamie Briggs (SA, Asst Infrastructure)
Arthur Sinodinos (NSW, Asst Treasurer)
Out: Bob Baldwin (NSW, Tourism) - demoted
Brett Mason (Qld, Universities) - demoted
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells (NSW, Ageing/Mental Health) - demoted
Bronwyn Bishop (NSW, Seniors/Special Minister of State) - appointed Speaker
Parliamentary Secretaries (12)
In: Steve Ciobo (Qld, parliamentary secretary to Treasurer)
Paul Fletcher (NSW, parliamentary secretary to Communications Minister)
Josh Frydenberg (Vic, parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister)
Alan Tudge (Vic, parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister)
Michael McCormack (NSW, NP, parliamentary secretary to Finance Minister)
Out: Teresa Gambaro (Qld, shadow parliamentary secretary for development aid) - dropped
Gary Humphries (ACT, shadow parliamentary secretary to the shadow Attorney-General) - lost preselection
Tony Smith (Vic, shadow parliamentary secretary for tax reform) - dropped
Ian Macdonald (Qld, shadow parliamentary secretary for northern Australia) - dropped
Don Randall (WA, shadow parliamentary secretary for local government) - dropped
Andrew Southcott (SA, shadow parliamentary secretary for health care) - dropped
Andrew Laming (Qld, shadow parliamentary secretary for regional health) - dropped