THE Australian Government would only comment on the status of its relationship with Fiji after the swearing in of the new government.
This has been confirmed by Australia's acting high commissioner to Fiji, Glenn Miles.
"As we remain under caretaker provision until the swearing in of the new government, I am unable to make any comment," Mr Miles told this newspaper.
Meanwhile, the new Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott arrived in Canberra yesterday to take the reins of the incoming Coalition government, as Labour vows to move on from the tensions of the Rudd-Gillard era. Radio Australia reported that Mr Abbott had begun forming his new front bench team, so far confirming Joe Hockey will be treasurer, deputy Liberal Party leader Julie Bishop will be Foreign Affairs Minister and Nationals leader Warren Truss would become Infrastructure and Transport Minister.
The Prime Minister also met some of Australia's most senior public servants on Sunday in Sydney telling them he wanted to quickly implement his agenda.
The vocal Foreign Minister Ms Bishop said the Coalition planned a "very orthodox and methodical" transition of power with frontbench positions to be finalised in coming days, after the election results were confirmed.
"I understand that Mr Rudd has tendered his resignation to the Governor-General and in the usual course of things, he will remain as caretaker Prime Minister until there is an opportunity to swear in Tony Abbott as prime minister and his ministry," she told ABC.