Cabinet of Australia

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The Cabinet of Australia (whose members also serve in the Executive Council of Australia) is the council of senior ministers, responsible to parliament. The Cabinet is appointed by the Prime Minister and serve at his pleasure, although officially the Governor General controls their appointments. The Cabinet meets once a week to discuss vital issues. Outside of the cabinet there are a number of junior ministers, responsible for a specific policy area and reporting directly to a senior minister.

Present Australian Cabinet

Portfolio Minister Party
Prime Minister of Australia John Howard Lib.
Deputy Prime Minister of Australia John Anderson Nat.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Warren Truss Nat.
Attorney General of Australia Philip Ruddock Lib.
Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Senator Helen Coonan Lib.
Minister for Defence
& Government Senate Leader
Senator Robert Hill Lib.
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Kevin Andrews Lib.
Minister for Education, Science and Training Dr. Brendan Nelson Lib.
Minister for Family and Community Services Senator Kay Patterson Lib.
Minister for Finance and Administration
& Government Deputy Senate Leader
Senator Nick Minchin Lib.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Downer Lib.
Minister for Health and Ageing
& Leader of the House
Tony Abbott Lib.
Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs Senator Amanda Vanstone Lib.
Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources Ian Macfarlane Lib.
Minister for Trade Mark Vaile Nat.
Minister for Transport and Regional Services John Anderson Nat.
Treasurer of Australia Peter Costello Lib.
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