After the Australian election, United States President Barack Obama called newly elected Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to congratulate him upon his victory and encourage him to work co-operatively on the regional trade deal the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Rather than appoint a National Party member, as has been tradition, or Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, Mr Abbott has selected Andrew Robb to be the Minister for Trade and Investment.  The Prime Minister also emphasised that free trade and foreign investment will be the centrepiece of the Coalition’s agenda to encourage economic growth.