Abbott  to be sworn in tomorrow

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Abbott  to be sworn in tomorrow

Tony Abbott will be sworn in as the new federal Workplace Relations Minister at 5.30pm tomorrow.

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Tony Abbott will be sworn in as the new federal Workplace Relations Minister at 5.30pm tomorrow.

This follows today's Cabinet meeting, the first of the year and the last before Peter Reith moves to the Defence portfolio.

Mr Abbott has already started making his mark on the portfolio, with his comments last week that workers should help protect their own entitlements by not allowing their leave entitlements to pile up.

However Australian Council of Trade Unions president Sharan Burrow told Sydney radio these comments were ‘simplistic’ and the Government should be aiming its policies at employers.

As Employment Services Minister, Mr Abbott was junior minister to Mr Reith in the Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business super-portfolio.

The Democrats and Labor have already placed on their record their concerns about Mr Abbott’s negotiating style (see previous story).

Mr Abbott, 43, has held the blue-ribbon seat of Warringah in Sydney’s northern beaches since 1994. In a varied career, he trained as a priest, studied as a Rhodes Scholar, worked as a journalist, and was press secretary and political adviser to then-Opposition Leader John Hewson. He was also executive director of Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy.

WorkplaceInfo will be interviewing the Minister later this week.

  

 

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