NSW Premier Mike Baird has urged his newly sworn-in cabinet to do more to sell themselves to the state.
With family and friends watching on, the new cabinet – comprising five women and 17 men – was officially sworn in by NSW governor Marie Bashir on Wednesday morning.
But Barry O’Farrell’s successor used the formal morning to rally his new-look team ahead of the state election next March.
“I don’t think there is a full appreciation across the community on the number of things we have got done,” he told reporters after the ceremony.
He said members of the previous cabinet, himself included, hadn’t done enough to publicise their achievements to the state.
“We have a very short period of time until the election.
“We need to show NSW the work we have done.”
The new cabinet is a good mix of experience, enthusiasm and energy, deputy premier Andrew Stoner said.
“We’ve also brought in that injection of new blood into our team,” he said.
As well as his position as Deputy Premier, Mr Stoner also picks up tourism, major events and small business.
Others that benefited from the reshuffle are new Deputy Liberal Leader Gladys Berejiklian, new Planning Minister Pru Goward and new Attorney-General Brad Hazzard.
But for the youngest minister in the fresh team, the new finance minister Dominic Perrottet, a thumbs-up and a hushed “good job” from his young daughter seemed a good omen for the 31-year-old’s new position.
Mr Baird said the new cabinet would meet Wednesday afternoon to begin discussions on infrastructure policy and lobbyist regulations.
He also rebuffed the suggestion his friendship with Prime Minister Tony Abbott would affect his judgment, saying it could only be a “very positive thing” for NSW.