Tony Abbott has been sworn in as Australia's 28th prime
minister at a ceremony at Government House in Canberra.
Mr Abbott took the oath of office after being invited to do
so by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at 10.30am (local time)
His mother Faye and father Dick, wife Margie, daughters
Louise, Frances and Bridget, and his sisters Christine
Forster and Pip Abbott watched on.
Ms Bryce noted the "great responsibility" Mr Abbott was
taking on as prime minister and wished him the very best.
"Thank you so much, Excellency," Mr Abbott said.
Also at the ceremony were the secretary of the Department of
Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dr Ian Watt, Mr Abbott's chief of
staff Peta Credlin and his press secretary James Boyce.
Mr Abbott will hold his first executive council meeting at
Government House with Ms Bryce, before attending the
swearing-in of his ministers and parliamentary secretaries
The roll call will include 18 cabinet ministers, 11 ministers
and 12 parliamentary secretaries.
After Mr Abbott was sworn in, Margie held his hand as
official pictures were taken, before giving him a kiss on the
Ms Forster said "let me kiss the PM," before doing just that.
Ms Bryce told Dick Abbott he had a lot to be proud of, adding
that she had great admiration and respect for the people who
took on the responsibility of helping to run the country.
At 11.05am, Mr Abbott and his family entered the room where
the swearing in of the coalition government's new ministry
The national anthem was sung before Ms Bryce invited the
incoming ministers to take the oath of office.
There was a moment of confusion when the MPs didn't know
whether they were meant to stand or sit and nervous laughter
echoed around the room.
The oath was taken.
Mr Abbott then told his team the coalition government would
scrap the carbon tax, stop the boats and get the budget back
"We pledge ourselves to serve the people of Australia for
their benefit, to the very best of our ability," Mr Abbott
"We are determined to honour our commitments to scrap the
carbon tax, to stop the boats, to get the budget under
control and to build the roads of the 21st century.
"We will be a problem-solving government based on values not
Mr Abbott said he would 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.
"We will do our best not to leave anyone behind."
Mr Abbott said it was an honour to serve the nation.
"We aim to be a calm, measured, steady and purposeful
government that says what it means and does what it says," he
"We hope to be judged by what we have done, rather than by
what we have said we would do.
"We are conscious of the ideals of duty and service,
exemplified by our Queen, whom you (Ms Bryce) have so
graciously represented here in Australia.
"And we will not spare ourselves, we will not spare
ourselves, in order to deserve the trust placed in us this
Mr Abbott introduced his team to subscribe the oath of office
before the governor-general.
First up was Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals leader and
Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Warren
"Thank you very much and I look forward to that privilege,"
he told Ms Bryce.
New foreign minister Julie Bishop was next, followed by
Minister for Employment and government Senate leader Eric
Abetz, Attorney-General George Brandis and Treasurer Joe