Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been sworn in .
Abbot was sworn in on Wednesday by Governor General Quentin Bryce at a ceremony at Government House in the capital Canberra.
He has promised to take immediate action to slow the stream of asylum seekers arriving by boats from Indonesia and to repeal an unpopular carbon tax levied by the previous administration.
“We are determined to honor 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,” Abbott told the ceremony, referring to an election pledge to increase spending on road construction.
“We aim to be a calm, measured, steady and purposeful government that says what it means and does what it says,” he added.
His conservative party defeated former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s center-left Labor Party in Sept. 7 elections.
Abbott plans to make his first international trip as prime minister to Indonesia on Sept. 30 to discuss the plan and other issues.