NEW Special Minister of State Michael Ronaldson will look into the expenses saga that has engulfed Canberra, but is not promising any quick fix.
Senator Ronaldson, Ballarat's patron senator, was handed the portfolio by Prime Minister Tony Abbott a month ago, along with the Veterans' Affairs ministry.
While it was still "very early days" for the new government, Senator Ronaldson said he would analyse the rules governing politicians and how they claim expenses.
Along with a number of MPs, Mr Abbott has been caught up in the expenses row when he claimed entitlements to cover his trip to an ironman event in Port Macquarie.
Senator Ronaldson said there would be no "kneejerk reaction" to the issue.
"There are lots of checks and balances in the system but there are obviously some things that have arisen over the last couple of weeks which I've been having a look at," he said.
"It needs to be looked at calmly to see what should or shouldn't be done"
"It needs to be looked at calmly to see what should or shouldn't be done."
With Labor set to name its new front bench later this week, Senator Ronaldson said he would work with his new shadow minister to see if any reform was needed.
"I've got some initial thoughts about it but I'll discuss that with my opposition counterpart, whoever it might be," he said.
Senator Ronaldson would not say if he was planning anything specific to improve the public perception of politicians in the wake of the expenses controversy.
"Clearly we've got a responsibility to ensure to the public that there is openness and transparency," he said.
"(But we) do need to ensure that people can go about their parliamentary and official business without being hamstrung where that effects their ability to do their job."