The Abbott Ministry (Liberal–NationalCoalition) is the 69th ministry of the Government of Australia, led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott. It succeeded the Second Rudd Ministry after a federal election that took place on 7 September 2013. Abbott announced his first ministry on 16 September 2013, and the ministry was sworn in by the Governor-General on 18 September. Abbott expressed regret at the low number of women in cabinet, but still received strong criticism on the lack of female representation in the ministry, including from members of his own party. Abbott added a second woman to his cabinet in Sussan Ley following a reshuffle announced on 21 December 2014, and sworn in on 23 December.
a ^ Sinodinos stepped down from his position as Assistant Treasurer on 19 March 2014 while his possible involvement in alleged corruption in New South Wales were being investigated by the Independent Commission Against Corruption. During this period, Sinodinos' duties were partially fulfilled by Minister for Finance, Mathias Cormann. Sinodinos officially resigned as Assistant Treasurer on 19 December 2014.