Tony Abbott says he will press ahead "in good time" with the coalition's bid to repeal Labor's carbon tax.

The Abbott government will take its plans to get rid of the tax to both houses of parliament, even before the Greens and Labor lose control of the upper house in July 2014.

The coalition has called Saturday's election victory a referendum on axing the tax.

Mr Abbott says parliament will be recalled when legislation to repeal the controversial tax is "ready to go".

"We will recall parliament in good time," he told the Seven Network on Tuesday.

"I'm certainly not going to recall the parliament for a photo opportunity.

"It will happen as soon as it can ... it's very important to get these things right."

Mr Abbott says he wants Australians to know that "calm, steady purposeful government has returned".

"(It's) a government that's about getting things done, not about the theatre of putting things on the front page," he said.

Asked about potentially having to negotiate with minor and micro parties in the Senate, Mr Abbott said he'd treat all senators with respect.

"Respect and courtesy are a two-way street and I would certainly expect the new parliament to respect the mandate that the new government has won," he added.