Australia's 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.
Mr Abbott, who won power on a promise to focus on economic management, made only minor changes to his opposition line-up, with Mr Joe Hockey appointed Treasurer, as expected, while Mr Mathias Cormann becomes Finance Minister, shifting from his assistant treasury portfolio.
Mr Abbott's Deputy Liberal Party leader Julie Bishop will become Foreign Minister, and will be the only woman in Mr Abbott's 20-member cabinet, although several women were promoted to junior ministries.
"It is, I believe, one of the most experienced incoming ministries in our history, and I think it's important to have experience as you move from opposition to government," Mr Abbott said, in his first news conference since Sept. 7 elections.