9 Sep 2013

Abbott government likely to be sworn in next week

10:59 pm on 9 September 2013

Australia's prime minister elect Tony Abbott says his government is likely to be sworn in early next week and he plans to bring parliament back next month.

Mr Abbott says in the interests of calm and methodical government he doesn't want to recall parliament until new legislation, particularly to repeal the carbon tax, is ready.

"The last thing I want to do is to rush the parliament back for a photo opportunity before the substance of the work is there for it to do," he told Fairfax Radio on Monday. "It will be back toward the end of October, early November."

The ABC reports Mr Abbott has repeatedly promised the carbon tax will be the first piece of legislation considered by parliament, with stopping asylum seeker boats from Indonesia another top priority.

Mr Abbott's spokesperson - and likely minister - for the environment, Greg Hunt, says scrapping the carbon tax will be new government's "first order of business".

However, both Labor and the Greens have indicated they will not support moves to dump the carbon pricing scheme and will not support the Coalition's direct action scheme to address climate change

Mr Abbott and his ministers will probably be sworn in early next week, AAP reports.

He says time is needed to formalise the coalition agreement between the Liberals and The Nationals and for the party rooms to meet and choose the final make up of cabinet.

He touched down in Canberra on Monday morning for more meetings with officials and his senior leadership team, including Nationals leader Warren Truss and Liberal deputy Julie Bishop.

Outgoing prime minister Kevin Rudd is expected to welcome Mr Abbott to the Canberra prime ministerial residence, The Lodge, at some stage later in the week.

Mr Abbott says his predecessor made a very gracious phone call to concede the election on Saturday night.