• Minister for Industry Greg Hunt (R) hugs Minister for Indigenous Health and Aged Care Ken Wyatt at a swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Canberra (AAP)Source: AAP
Mr Wyatt AM has taken on the role of Aged Care and Indigenous Health Minister.
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AAP, NITV News
24 Jan 2017 - 6:35 PM  UPDATED 24 Jan 2017 - 6:36 PM

A new batch of Turnbull government ministers were sworn in today by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove during a ceremony at Government House in Canberra.

West Australian MP Ken Wyatt, who has become the first Indigenous Australian to oversee a federal government department, wore a kangaroo skin draped over his suit for the ceremony.

Upon hearing about his appointment, Ken Wyatt told NITV News: "It's an incredible experience and I will relish the responsibility given to me by the Prime Minister Turnbull.”

"Words cannot describe the pride I feel for myself and my family."

The West Australian MP technically became the first Indigenous federal minister by joining the frontbench last September, when he was promoted to Assistant Health Minister. However, this new appointment is considered a promotion.

Mr Wyatt believes the appointment is particularly important from an Indigenous perspective, as “another pathway to creating opportunities for those who come behind.” 

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