Australia’s newly-elected Conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been sworn in at the Australian Governor General’s residence in Canberra.
He has promised to slash public spending, reform the tax system, curb immigration and restore stable government after three years of labour minority rule.
“We will be a problem-solving government based on values not ideology. We will strive to govern for all Australians, including those who didn’t vote for us. We won’t forget those who are often marginalised: people with disabilities, indigenous people and women struggling to combine career and family,” he said.
Julie Bishop will be foreign minister, the only woman in Abbott’s first cabinet, although several others have been given junior ministries.
Abbott announced one of his top priorities would be a trip to Indonesia
to discuss better border protection to stop asylum boat arrivals in Australia.
Last week the Indonesian foreign minister attacked Abbott’s plans to pay Indonesians for information on asylum departures and people-trafficking syndicates.