Abbott to be sworn-in as Australia's new PM
SYDNEY (AFP) - Tony Abbott will be officially sworn in as Australia's new prime minister on Wednesday, with his controversial plan to stop asylum-seeker boats coming into play.
The 55-year-old conservative has pledged to quickly scrap taxes on corporate pollution and mining profits imposed under the previous Labor administration, introduce a costly paid parental leave scheme, and build roads for the 21st century.
He has also vowed to halt the boats, with his policy of towing them back to Indonesia due to come into effect Wednesday, which could prove to be an early test of his mettle.
"On day one, which will be Wednesday, I expect Operation Sovereign Borders to commence," Mr Abbott told reporters this week, adding: "Interdiction operations on the seas to our north will change and become more forthright, cooperation with the authorities in Indonesia will become more vigorous."