Australia's Prime Minister Fires Three Cabinet Secretaries Hours After Being Sworn In

Heads of departments that shouldn't be around anyway


CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 18 (UPI) — Tony Abbot fired three Cabinet secretaries Wednesday and reorganized Australia's government just hours after he was sworn in as the country's prime minister.

The swearing-in ceremony had barely concluded before Abbott's office issued a news release announcing that three Cabinet secretaries—Don Russell of Department of Innovation, Industry Science and Research, Blair Comley of the Resources, Energy and Tourism Department and Andrew Metcalfe of the Agriculture Department—had been fired, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.