Governor-General swears in new ministry

Baku, February 18, AZERTAC

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's second fresh-look ministry has been sworn-in at his third such ceremony since taking the top job five months ago, according to Sky News.

Newly appointed ministers, including Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, were watched by their family members as they took their oaths at Government House in Canberra on Thursday.

Mr Joyce assumed leadership of the National Party last week when Warren Truss announced his retirement from politics.

Ceremony-favourite, Scott Ryan's sizeable 130-year-old family bible, made an appearance as he took on the portfolio of vocational education and training.

Liberal National Party senator Matt Canavan's four young boys charmed in matching light blue shirts and tan pants as their dad was sworn into the ministry less than two years after entering parliament.

The reshuffle announced on Saturday promoted several fresh faces, including Alan Tudge who assumed the human services portfolio from Stuart Robert.

Mr Robert stood down after being found to have breached ministerial standards on a private China trip in 2014 during which he oversaw a mining deal.

The resignation of Jamie Briggs from the ministry over an incident in a Hong Kong bar and former special minister of state Mal Brough amid a police investigation made way for more ministerial movement.

Retiring Trade Minister Andrew Robb also stepped down from the ministry last week to make way for Steve Ciobo to take over his portfolio.

It was all smiles for Concetta Fierravanti-Wells who was sworn-in as international development minister after missing out on a weighty portfolio in the last reshuffle.

The ceremony was Mr Turnbull's third, after swearing-in his new ministry immediately after taking the prime ministership from Tony Abbott last September.

A supplementary ceremony was held shortly after to clear up an omission in Sussan Ley's portfolios and swear-in Ken Wyatt, who was overseas during the initial service.

Mr Abbott was not among the 18 politicians sworn-in to new roles on Thursday.

A series of photographs on the steps of Government House after the ceremony, involving multiple combinations of ministers by party, title, gender and state, wore a little thin for some.

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