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Abbott sworn in as Australia's new PM

Tony Abbott was sworn in as Australia's new prime minister on Wednesday and immediately ordered the scrapping of the nation's carbon tax and the halting of asylum-seeker boats. The 55-year-old conservative pledged to get down to work after a ceremony at Government House in Canberra where his Liberal/National government officially brought six years of Labor rule to a close. "Today is not just a ceremonial day, it's an action day. The Australian people expect us to get straight down to business and that's exactly what this government will do," Abbott said in a statement.

Australia's new PM Abbott unveils cabinet, promises economic stability

By Rob Taylor CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's new conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott unveiled his first cabinet on Monday, appointing experienced lawmakers and promising a return to stable government after three years of often tumultuous minority center-left rule.

Abbott's new style slows pace of Australia politics

Australia's prime minister-elect Tony Abbott will not be sworn in until next week but he has already stamped a markedly different style on government, fostering an air of studious, steady calm. That stands in stark contrast to the "chaos" he liked to accuse his Labor predecessors of fomenting as almost hourly soundbites, lengthy press conferences and briefings were cranked out in an effort to control the 24-hour news cycle.

New Australian PM says job now is to keep public trust

Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott said Friday the time to savour victory was over, telling his party they had won the trust of Australia and their job now was to keep it. The conservative, who ended six years of Labor rule in elections last weekend, was rubberstamped as Liberal leader at the first meeting of his party since being elected and told his colleagues they must deliver on their commitments.

New Australian PM to stick with PNG boatpeople policy

Australia's new prime minister Tuesday said he will stand by a policy to send boatpeople to Papua New Guinea, but insisted a military-led response will remain his main focus. Tony Abbott, who decisively beat Kevin Rudd in national elections on Saturday, told commercial television: "Stop the boats we will. The people smugglers are on notice, the game is up, it's all over for them."

New Australian PM to stick with PNG boatpeople policy

Australia's new prime minister Tuesday said he will stand by a policy to send boatpeople to Papua New Guinea, but insisted a military-led response will remain his main focus. Tony Abbott, who decisively beat Kevin Rudd in national elections on Saturday, told commercial television: "Stop the boats we will. The people smugglers are on notice, the game is up, it's all over for them."

Australia's Abbott faces hurdles after election victory

Australian premier-elect Tony Abbott began the transition to government Monday, but despite a convincing election victory faced early hurdles including an unruly upper house that could stall reforms, and the first asylum-seeker boat arrivals under his watch. The conservative leader, who ended six years of Labor rule on Saturday, promised a steady approach after years of divisive politics which alienated voters and saw outgoing prime minister Kevin Rudd ejected from power.

Australia's Abbott begins transition but faces hurdles

Australian Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott on Monday began the transition to government, promising a methodical approach as he faced potential hurdles in the upper house to drive through his reform agenda. The conservative leader, who ended six years of Labor rule on Saturday, held meetings in Canberra to hammer out the way forward, ahead of being sworn in to take over from Kevin Rudd, likely next week. "My emphasis will be on being purposeful, methodical, calm and conscientious," he told Fairfax Radio.

Australia's Abbott begins transition but faces hurdles

Australian Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott on Monday began the transition to government as he faced potential hurdles in the upper house Senate to drive through his reform agenda. The conservative leader, who ended six years of Labor rule on Saturday, arrived in Canberra for meetings to hammer out the way forward, ahead of being sworn in to take over from Kevin Rudd, likely next week.

Australia looks inward as conservatives take over

Australian politics looks set for a period dominated by domestic concerns as new prime minister Tony Abbott seeks to move on from a vitriolic campaign with a focus on local issues, analysts said Sunday. The conservative leader, who ended six years of Labor rule with a comprehensive victory over Kevin Rudd on Saturday, launched his term with a promise to govern for all Australians and pledging a new emphasis on issues such as roads, childcare and broadband.
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