9 Sep 2013

Australia's new Govt heads to Canberra

11:28 am on 9 September 2013

Senior members of Australia's incoming Coalition Government are travelling to Canberra on Monday to take charge of the country.

Prime Minister elect Tony Abbott has already confirmed key Cabinet posts for those who helped the Liberal-National Coalition win a clear majority in Saturday's election.

He is still confirming his new front bench team, but has said Joe Hockey will be treasurer while deputy Liberal Party leader Julie Bishop will take the foreign affairs portfolio and Nationals leader Warren Truss will be infrastructure and transport minister, the ABC reports.

Other MPs will be called to Canberra later in the week.

Miss Bishop says she has already had a number of phone calls from major trading partners and allies.

Meanwhile, Australia's defeated Labor Party is vowing to move on from the Rudd-Gillard era as it packs up its ministerial offices.

Leader Kevin Rudd is to stand down as leader in the wake of the defeat, but plans to stay in parliament after retaining his seat in Queensland.