Abbott Ministry

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Abbott Ministry
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69th Ministry of Australia
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Governor-General Quentin Bryce with the Abbott Ministry
Date formed 18 September 2013
Date dissolved 15 September 2015
People and organisations
Head of government Tony Abbott
Deputy head of government Warren Truss
Head of state Queen Elizabeth II (represented by Dame Quentin Bryce, later Sir Peter Cosgrove)
Number of ministers 30
Member party LiberalNational coalition
Status in legislature Coalition majority government
Opposition cabinet 2013–present
Opposition party Labor
Opposition leader Bill Shorten
History
Election(s) Australian federal election, 2013
Legislature term(s) 44th
Predecessor Second Rudd
Successor Turnbull
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Prime Minister of Australia



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The Abbott Ministry (LiberalNational Coalition) was the 69th ministry of the Government of Australia. It succeeded the Second Rudd Ministry after a federal election that took place on 7 September 2013. It was led by the then Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.

Abbott announced his first ministry on 16 September 2013,[1] and the ministry was sworn in by the Governor-General on 18 September.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4][5][6][7]

Following the defeat of Abbott by Malcolm Turnbull in the Liberal leadership spill of 14 September 2015,[8] the ministry was replaced by the Turnbull Ministry.

First Arrangement[edit]

The initial arrangement of the Abbott Ministry remained virtuallya unchanged from the initial swearing-in of the Cabinet on 18 September 2013 until the reshuffle that was announced on 23 December 2014.

Cabinet[edit]

Party Minister Portfolio
Liberal Tony Abbott MP
LNP Warren Truss MP
Liberal Julie Bishop MP
Liberal Senator Eric Abetz
LNP Senator George Brandis QC
Liberal Joe Hockey MP
National Barnaby Joyce MP
Liberal Christopher Pyne MP
CLP Senator Nigel Scullion
LNP Ian Macfarlane MP
Liberal Kevin Andrews MP
Liberal Malcolm Turnbull MP
LNP Peter Dutton MP
Liberal Bruce Billson MP
Liberal Andrew Robb AO, MP
Liberal Senator David Johnston
Liberal Greg Hunt MP
Liberal Scott Morrison MP
Liberal Senator Mathias Cormanna

Outer Ministry[edit]

Party Minister Portfolio
Liberal Senator Mitch Fifield
National Senator Fiona Nash MP
National Luke Hartsuyker MP
Liberal Senator Michael Ronaldson
Liberal Sussan Ley MP
Liberal Senator Marise Payne
Liberal Michael Keenan MP
LNP Stuart Robert MP
Liberal Senator Michaelia Cash
Liberal Jamie Briggs MP
Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos AOa

Parliamentary Secretaries[edit]

Party Minister Portfolio
Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck
Liberal Bob Baldwin MP
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry
LNP Senator Brett Mason
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs
LNP Steven Ciobo MP
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer
Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services
Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment
Liberal Senator Scott Ryan
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education
National Darren Chester MP
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence
Liberal Paul Fletcher MP
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications
Liberal Josh Frydenberg MP
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
Liberal Alan Tudge MP
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
National Michael McCormack MP
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance

Second Arrangement[edit]

The second arrangement of the Abbott Ministry was sworn in on 23 December 2014 following a reshuffle announced on 21 December.

Cabinet[edit]

Party Minister Portfolio
Liberal Tony Abbott MP
  • Prime Minister
  • Leader of the Liberal Party
  • Minister for Women
LNP Warren Truss MP
  • Deputy Prime Minister
  • Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • Leader of the Nationals
Liberal Julie Bishop MP
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party
Liberal Senator Eric Abetz
  • Minister for Employment
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Public Service
  • Leader of the Government in the Senate
LNP Senator George Brandis QC
  • Attorney-General
  • Minister for the Arts
  • Vice-President of the Executive Council
  • Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Liberal Joe Hockey MP
  • Treasurer
National Barnaby Joyce MP
  • Minister for Agriculture
  • Deputy Leader of the Nationals
Liberal Christopher Pyne MP
CLP Senator Nigel Scullion
  • Minister for Indigenous Affairs
  • Leader of the Nationals in the Senate
LNP Ian Macfarlane MP
Liberal Scott Morrison MP
  • Minister for Social Services
Liberal Malcolm Turnbull MPb
  • Minister for Communications
Liberal Sussan Ley MP
  • Minister for Health
  • Minister for Sport
Liberal Bruce Billson MP
  • Minister for Small Business
Liberal Andrew Robb AO, MP
  • Minister for Trade and Investment
Liberal Kevin Andrews MP
  • Minister for Defence
Liberal Greg Hunt MP
  • Minister for Environment
LNP Peter Dutton MP
  • Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Liberal Senator Mathias Cormann
  • Minister for Finance

Outer Ministry[edit]

Party Minister Portfolio
Liberal Senator Mitch Fifield
  • Assistant Minister for Social Services
  • Manager of Government Business in the Senate
National Senator Fiona Nash
  • Assistant Minister for Health
  • Deputy Leader of The Nationals in The Senate
National Luke Hartsuyker MP
  • Assistant Minister for Employment
  • Deputy Leader of the House
Liberal Senator Michael Ronaldson
  • Minister for Veterans' Affairs
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
  • Special Minister of State
Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham
Liberal Senator Marise Payne
  • Minister for Human Services
Liberal Michael Keenan MP
  • Minister for Justice
LNP Stuart Robert MP
  • Assistant Minister for Defence
Liberal Senator Michaelia Cash
  • Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women
Liberal Jamie Briggs MP
  • Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
Liberal Josh Frydenberg MP
  • Assistant Treasurer

Parliamentary Secretaries[edit]

Party Minister Portfolio
Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture
LNP Karen Andrews MP
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science
LNP Steven Ciobo MP
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment
Liberal Kelly O'Dwyer MP
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer
Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services
Liberal Bob Baldwin MP
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment
Liberal Senator Scott Ryan
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training
National Darren Chester MP
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence
Liberal Paul Fletcher MP
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications
Liberal Christian Porter MP
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
Liberal Alan Tudge MP
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
National Michael McCormack MP
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance

Whips[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

First Arrangement[edit]

Party Whip Title
Liberal Philip Ruddock MP
  • Chief Government Whip in the House of Representatives
Liberal Nola Marino MP
  • Government Whip in House of Representatives
LNP Scott Buchholz MP
National Mark Coulton MP
  • Nationals Chief Whip in the House of Representatives
LNP George Christensen MP
  • Nationals Deputy Whip in the House of Representatives

Second Arrangement[edit]

The whips of the House of Representatives were rearranged following Tony Abbott's sacking of Phillip Ruddock on 13 February 2015.

Party Whip Title
LNP Scott Buchholz MP
  • Chief Government Whip in the House of Representatives
Liberal Nola Marino MP
  • Government Whip in House of Representatives
Liberal Andrew Nikolic AM, CSC, MP
National Mark Coulton MP
  • Nationals Chief Whip in the House of Representatives
LNP George Christensen MP
  • Nationals Deputy Whip in the House of Representatives

Senate[edit]

Party Whip Title
Liberal Senator David Bushby
  • Chief Government Whip in the Senate
Liberal Senator Anne Ruston
  • Deputy Government Whip in the Senate
Liberal Senator Chris Back
National Senator Bridget McKenzie
  • Nationals Whip in the Senate

Notes[edit]

a ^ Senator Arthur 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.
b ^ Malcolm Turnbull resigned as Minister for Communications on 14 September 2015 with the intent of challenging Tony Abbott for the leadership of the Liberal Party. In the ballot held later that evening, Turnbull was elected to the leadership.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Abbott's cabinet and outer ministry". Sydney Morning Herald. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Abbott Ministry" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Crowe, David (17 September 2013). "Liberals' 'despair' at jobs for boys". The Australian. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tony Abbott's revamped Ministry sworn in at Government House". news.com.au (News Corp Australia). 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle: Tony Abbott promotes Sussan Ley to Health, David Johnston axed". News.com.au. 21 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Chung, Frank (21 December 2014). "The shape of things to come: New Health Minister Sussan Ley’s ‘slush fund’ speech shows she has fight". News.com.au. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Taylor, Lenore (21 December 2014). "Tony Abbott cabinet reshuffle moves Scott Morrison out of immigration". Guardian Australia. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  8. ^ (14 September 2015). "Malcolm Turnbull wins Liberal leadership ballot over Tony Abbott" – ABC News. Retrieved 14 September 2015.