WA Liberal powerbroker Mathias Cormann will continue his stellar rise in Federal politics today when he is named in Tony Abbott's first Cabinet.
Senator Cormann, who replaced Ian Campbell as WA senator in 2007, is expected to be made finance minister.
Mr Abbott will unveil a streamlined Cabinet that revives Howard government-era lines of ministerial responsibility and elevate international tourism to a national priority.
The Prime Minister-elect has decided to dispense with the multi-pronged ministerial titles that blossomed under the Rudd-Gillard government and adopt a back-to-basics approach.
Rather than having up to five ministers handling one portfolio - as Labor did with education - Mr Abbott will have a single minister each for education, defence, environment, health and communications.
His 20-strong Cabinet is expected to be mostly reflective of the team he took to the September 7 election but with some changes.
As foreshadowed in _The West Australian _ last week, Bronwyn Bishop will become Speaker - and Mr Abbott wants her to give both sides of politics a hard time.
"I want to bring some dignity back to the Parliament and that means a Speaker who can control the Parliament and who can act without fear or favour," Mr Abbott said yesterday.
"And I want someone who is as tough on the Government as on the Opposition because I think the people expect a Parliament which is a genuine debating chamber and not just a chamber where the Government bludgeons the Opposition."
Agriculture will be an entirely domestic portfolio in a move that the free-market Liberals believe makes it "safe" to give to protectionist Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce.
Decisions on foreign investment in agriculture will continue to rest with the treasurer, Joe Hockey, supported by a new trade and investment minister, likely to be Andrew Robb.
Tourism, which under Labor was linked to the resources and energy portfolio, will have a separate minister whose department will be aligned with foreign affairs and trade.
Tourism Australia will chiefly leave domestic tourism to the States and co-ordinate international tourism with diplomatic missions overseas, with a focus on developing markets in China, India, South Korea and Russia.
The shock loss of Liberal Sophie Mirabella to an independent in the Victorian seat of Indi means that Julie Bishop, the incoming foreign affairs minister, will likely be the only woman in Cabinet.
"We have certainly seen a number of outstanding women come in as new candidates and now new members, so in time I expect to see many more women promoted, not only into the ministry but also into the Cabinet," Ms Bishop said. "But at this time Tony's indicated that he wants to maintain the stability of the team that he took to the election."WA Senator Michaelia Cash is poised for an outer ministry position, along with Marise Payne, Sussan Ley and Jamie Briggs. Kelly O'Dwyer, Alan Tudge, Steve Ciobo and Josh Frydenberg are also expected to be promoted.