Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his cabinet have officially been sworn in and got straight down to the business of government.

Australia’s 28th Prime Minister has made it clear asylum seekers and carbon tax will be his first priorities.

Kate Fallis reports.


He’d fought hard for it and today Tony Abbott and his 41 ministers were finally sworn in as the new government, just ten days after an overwhelming victory at the polls.

Family members stood behind each minister as they arrived for the traditional ceremony with Governor-General Quentin Bryce.

Now, they say, it’s time to get down to business.

And Mr Abbott has a clear vision of what to tackle first.

Tony Abbott, Prime Minister: “We are determined to honour our committments to scrap the carbon tax, to stop the boats, to get the budget under control and to build the roads of the 21st century.

The new Prime Minister says he will immediately start preparing legislation to repeal the carbon tax, and tell the immigration department to stop granting permanent protection visas to asylum seekers.

Within hours Mr Abbott also announced the sacking of three public service chiefs – his first act as Prime Minister.

He also promised a further 12,000 public service jobs will be cut over the next four years in a bid to save $5 billion.

The Labor party has been quick to attack the new government.

Anthony Albanese, Deputy Leader of the Labor party: “The rush seems to have slowed down a bit remember the budget crisis and all that? That seems to have disappeared.”

Anthony Albanese has confirmed he’ll run for leadership as he launches his own campaign to impress caucus.

Former Labor leader Kevin Rudd, is heading off on an overseas holiday as the party considers its alternatives.

In other election news, Sophie Mirabella has conceded defeat in the Victorian seat of Indi.

Independent Cathy McGowan will be taking over her position in Federal Parliament.

Kate Fallis, QUT News.