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(generated from captions) In his first days as Prime Minister elect, Tony Abbott is flagging a complete change of style from the frantic pace of the Rudd-Gillard years. The word methodical has become the coalition's new mantra as it makes a virtue of being predictable. But Mr Abbott's hopes of quickly achieving his No. 1 priority, dumping the carbon tax, are fading. Despite its emphatic defeat on the weekend, Labor is planning to stand its ground on the issue. Meanwhile, the defeated government is licking its wounds and searching for a new leader. Political editor Chris Uhlmann reports.

I have the gorilla vote, obviously!

AreThis is the fight of our lives. Does this guy ever shut up?You will be the Prime Minister Saturday night. Thank you to concern Sydney.I'm now in therapy.

I concede defeat. The government of Australia has changed!

The frantic campaign days are over. The days of governing have begun.

Tony Abbott is determined to slow the pace of government. The critical thing is now to work purposefully, methodically, calmly and conscientiously towards implementing our commitments. That's what the public voted for.The repeal of the carbon tax laws will be put to the current Senate even though it looks likely to be rejected by the majority of Greens and Labor.The Labor Party believes that climate change is real. The Labor Party believes that we need to do something about it. The Labor Party believes that a market mechanism is the best way to do that and we won't be walking away from those beliefs. So at least until July next year, the coalition will get a taste of what it's like to have its agenda frustrate and its leaders might be beginning to appreciate their first misjudgment. In opposition, they were convinced Labor would abandon carbon priceing if it lost the election.It is the central fundamental mandate of the election. And they should do as we did and listen to the Australian people. The joints party room will gather late this week to reendorse the leader and the ministry will be sworn in on Monday. Then the Abbott government will begin recasting the budget.We have laid out nearly $40 billion worth of cuts. That's what we went to the election with. That's what we put out there in the public arena over the last few weeks. That is our program. There are a bevy of briefings and former Treasury official Chris Richardson says the news on the budget will be bracing.Basic message is that relative to what the public thinks, the economy is probably better but the budget is probably worse.

There is precious little room to move in the search for savings as the cost of new programs for education and Disability Care will balloon in the years ahead.There's about a third of the budget, social welfare, health, education and things that can be expected to grow very fast. Again both sides signed on to stuff some of it quite recently that will be rapidly more expensive across the neck decade. The problem is how can we make it add up? There's another third of the budget that you can't really cut back much. Sometimes you just can't. It's interest payments. The politics are really hard. Defence, where the coalition would hope over time to be able to spend more, or unemployment benefits which are already too low or other payments to the Stateing and State Budgets are struggling. That kind of leaves a bucket of everything else, and that will be difficult to cut money from and will probably involve lots of small cuts across a whole heap of programs. The coalition's Operation Sovereign Borders will kick off when the government is sworn in, as the first boat arrived on the new watch carrying 57 people. Former head of immigration and ambassador to Indonesia Bill Farmer believes its success will hinge on regional diplomacy.I imagine that the government will announce quite quickly the sorts of things it intends to do. It's already said that Mr Abbott will go to Indonesia quite quickly and I think getting balance there is really important. I think there's actually too much loose talk about laying down the law to Indonesia and not enough talk in our media and elsewhere about how Australia and Indonesia can work together on what's actually a shared problem.There's also no rush for an early return of Parliament. It will reconvene in late October or early November. That gives Labor plenty of time to find a leader and to reflect on why it fell from grace just six years after assuming office.We have to be so careful about how we conduct ourselves. We've already been marked down very brutally by the electorate for disunity. As we go forward we have to put our best foot forward. We have to be respectful of each other and we have to have a mature conversation about the way forward in terms of both personalities and policies. The Labor line from the election is that this was a better than expected result. That sets the bar pretty low. At 33.8% its primary vote is nearly 10 points lower than it was just six years ago. And unprecedented since before the Second World War. It lost ground in every State and Territory. It holds just 8 of 30 seats in Queensland and that could fall to 6. 3 of 15 seats in Western Australia, 1 of 5 in Tasmania, so better than expected spin is clearly aimed at defending the decision to change leaders.I don't think anybody's spinning it as a Labor victory, with all due respect to your good self. I do think what we're pointing out, what the Prime Minister's pointing out is that it is common knowledge that just a few months ago we were facing the prospects of a result which was worse than what he had on Saturday night this is the point that I have made. I think the Labor Party owes Kevin Rudd a debt of gratitude. The search is on for a new leader with both Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten weighing the idea. But while Kevin Rudd remains in Parliament, he's neither gone nor likely to be forgotten. Our story on the recriminations