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Prime minister and cabinet officially sworn in at Government House

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his ministry have been sworn in at Government House in Canberra.

The Coalition politicians arrived with their partners and families for the formalities after winning the federal election against the odds.

“Stand near your relevant husband,” Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove quipped as he finalised the formalities for Scott Morrison and Michael McCormack to be sworn in as prime minister and deputy PM.

Mr Morrison and Mr McCormack kicked off formal proceedings at in Canberra on Wednesday, 11 days after the coalition secured office for another term.

“How about a handshake across?” Mr McCormack asked the PM as the three men posed for yet another photo.

The new Morrison frontbench largely keeps key positions in place but also promotes some first-timers to new roles.

All of the frontbenchers received an Australian flag stickpin, which Mr Morrison has made a feature of his daily dress-code since taking up the Liberal leadership in August last year.

In the first post-election meeting with coalition MPs on Tuesday, Mr Morrison insisted his “hungry, committed and united” team would focus on the aspirations of ordinary Australians during their third term in power.

“They are the reason we have the opportunity and the great privilege to serve them each and every day,” he told colleagues.

“We must burn for the Australian people every single day that we have this privilege of serving them, in this party room and as a government.”

The prime minister warned his ministers there was a wealth of talent within the government’s ranks to keep the pressure on them to perform.

And he told his backbench colleagues he and his office would be accessible to them and he expected the same from his ministers.

The 46th parliament is expected to open in the first week of July.

The prime minister has kept a number of key ministry positions the same in his ministry but also promoted some first-timers to new roles.

The cabinet includes seven women, with Foreign Minister Marise Payne adding women to her portfolio.

Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie will be Australia’s first female agriculture minister.

The frontbench also includes Australia’s first Aboriginal federal cabinet minister, West Australian MP Ken Wyatt, who will be in charge of indigenous affairs.

Mr Wyatt wore a traditional kangaroo skin, called a “booka” given to him by the Noongar people of south-west WA, to the swearing-in ceremony.

Mr Morrison has insisted his “hungry, committed and united” team would focus on the aspirations of ordinary Australians during their third term in power.

“They are the reason we have the opportunity and the great privilege to serve them each and every day,” he told colleagues at Parliament House on Tuesday.

“We must burn for the Australian people every single day that we have this privilege of serving them, in this party room and as a government.”

The 46th parliament is expected to open in the first week of July.

Cabinet appointments:

Bridget McKenzie is Australia’s first female Agriculture Minister

Sussan Ley moves back into cabinet as environment minister, replacing Melissa Price

Ken Wyatt moves into cabinet as first indigenous Minister for Indigenous Australians, replacing retiring senator Nigel Scullion

Alan Tudge moves into cabinet, retaining previous role as Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure

Stuart Robert moves into cabinet as Minister for NDIS and Government Services

Senator Anne Ruston moves into cabinet to be Minister for Families and Social Services, replacing Paul Fletcher

David Littleproud shifts to a new role as Minister for Water Resources, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster & Emergency Management

Angus Taylor adds Emissions Reduction to his Energy portfolio

Greg Hunt retains the Health portfolio and adds Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service & Cabinet

Paul Fletcher moves to the new portfolio of Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, replacing Mitch Fifield who will be UN ambassador

Christian Porter adds Industrial Relations to his role as Attorney-General and serves as Leader of the House, replacing the retired Christopher Pyne

Michaelia Cash serves in a new role as Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

Linda Reynolds becomes Minister for Defence, replacing Christopher Pyne

 

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