MEMBER for New England Barnaby Joyce has been officially sworn into office, watched by wife Natalie and his four daughters.
Yesterday the new Minister for Agriculture and his family arrived at Government House in Canberra for the official proceedings, along with Mr Joyce’s 41 other Liberal and Nationals colleagues.
They were then sworn in by Governor-General Quentin Bryce 11 days after the Coalition comprehensively defeated Labor.
It wasn’t long before new Prime Minister Tony Abbott held his first cabinet meeting at Parliament House, congratulating his colleagues on their appointments and vowing to live up to the expectations of the nation.
“I think we’re all very conscious of the honour the Australian people have done us to entrust us with the responsibility of running this country in government,” he said.
“We have won the trust of the people. Now over coming weeks, months and years we have to earn it.”
Mr Abbott reiterated his government’s main goals to scrap the carbon tax and stop asylum seeker boat arrivals, get the budget under control and building the roads of the 21st century.
It wasn’t long either before the public service felt the impact of the new regime, with three federal public service chiefs axed and two appointed within minutes of the swearing in.