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  Government
INCUMBENT
  PartyLiberal
NameTony Abbott
Won09/14/2013
Votes90 (60.00%)
Margin35 (+23.33%)
Term09/17/2013 - 00/00/2017
Administration
  Deputy Prime Minister  Warren Truss 1 13 +100.00%
Cabinet
  Treasurer  Joe Hockey 1 13 +100.00%
  Minister for Foreign Affairs  Julie Bishop 1 13 +100.00%
  Minister for Finance and Administration  Mathias Cormann 1 13 +100.00%
  Minister for Health and Aging  Peter Dutton 1 13 +100.00%
  Minister for Trade  Andrew Robb 1 13 +100.00%
  Attorney-General  George Brandis 1 13 +100.00%
  Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry  Barnaby Joyce 1 13 +100.00%
  Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy  Malcolm Turnbull 1 13 +100.00%
 Minister for Climate Change and Water 
 Minister for Defence 
 Minister for Education, Science and Training 
 Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations 
 Minister for Environment and Water Resources 
 Minister for Families and Community Services 
 Minister for Human Services 
 Minister for Immigration and Citizenship 
   Minister for Indigenous Affairs  Nigel Scullion 1 13 +100.00%
 Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources 
 Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science, and Research 
 Minister for Transport and Regional Services 
 Special Minister of State 
Outer Ministry
 Minister for Aging 
 Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs and Assistant Treasurer 
 Minister for Defence Science and Personnel 
 Minister for Home Affairs 
 Minister for Housing and the Status of Women 
 Minister for Small Business and Tourism 
 Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Governance 
 Minister for Veterans' Affairs 
 Minister for Workforce Participation 
 Minister for Youth and Sport 
Parliamentary Secretaries
 Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Prime Minister for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector 
 Parliamentary Secretary for Defence 
 Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement 
 Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services 
 Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance 
 Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural affairs and Settlement Programs 
 Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs 
 Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Northern Australia 
 Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health 
 Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade 
 Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister 
 Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Early Childhood Education and Childcare 


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DescriptionThe office of Prime Minister is in practice the most powerful political office in the Commonwealth of Australia.

By convention, the Prime Minister is the leader of the party or coalition which has the most seats in the lower house of the Federal Parliament, the House of Representatives. In times of constitutional crisis, however, this convention can be broken if necessary; this has occurred twice. At the time of Federation, no parliament had yet been established, so Edmund Barton was temporarily appointed as Prime Minister until elections were held. More controversially, during the Australian constitutional crisis of 1975, Malcolm Fraser was appointed to replace Gough Whitlam.

By convention, the Prime Minister is always a member of the lower house of parliament. The Prime Minister can remain in office for as long as he retains the majority support of the lower house of parliament and retains his own seat in Parliament. In the rare event that the Prime Minister's party wins an election but the Prime Minister loses his seat, it is possible for the Governor-General to appoint someone other than a member of Parliament a Minister (and hence Prime Minister) for up to three months. During this time a member of the Prime Minister's party with a safe seat would be forced to resign, and the Prime Minister would then be elected as member for that seat.

The constitutional crisis of 1975 shows that a Prime Minister may be removed if seriously opposed in the Senate, even though he may have the support of the majority of the House. This however only applies if the Senate refuses to pass essential Government legislation, like the Budget. (See Loss of Supply). The Senate in recent years has frequently refused to pass major (though non-essential) government legislation.


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