CANBERRA, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Liberal Party and the National Party held party meetings on Friday and re-elected party leaders who have led the parties for a landslide victory in last week's federal election.
Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop were re-elected as leader and deputy leader of the Liberal Party. It's coalition, the Nationals, re-elected Warren Truss as their leader. Abbott told Liberal and National MPs meeting for the first time since winning government that the coalition should be proud of their election victory but they need to quickly get on with their job to deliver election commitments.
"We have won the trust of the Australian people, our challenge now is to earn it and to keep it," the incoming prime minister said.
"Our task is but briefly to savor the moment. Our task is to give a great country and a great people the better government that the people of Australia deserve," he said. "That is our task and we will now move purposely, calmly, methodically to deliver on our election commitments to build a stronger economy for a stronger Australia."
He said they must now deliver on their promises to stop the boats, scrap the carbon tax, build the roads and get the budget back into the black.
Meanwhile, the defeated Labor party also held their first party meeting since the election. As incumbent leader Kevin Rudd had announced on election night that he would no longer stand as Labor leader, the possible candidates for new leadership has triggered speculation among the party and general public.
On Friday, it has been made clear that Deputy Leader Anthony Albanese and former Minister for Education Bill Shorten will be the two candidates to contest for party leadership. It could take a month before the new leader is elected under new party rules.