The battle wounds are only a few days old but the Liberal Party’s top brass met in Canberra to swear in a new cabinet and start the healing.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s new ministers arrived at Government House in Canberra on Tuesday armed with Bibles, wearing grins and bearing congratulations for each other.
Mr Morrison’s new cabinet includes a slew of Liberals who backed Peter Dutton in last week’s bitter leadership spill.
Key Dutton supporter Steven Ciobo is the new Defence Industry Minister, while Angus Taylor has the energy portfolio.
“The minister for getting electricity prices down,” Mr Morrison called Mr Taylor as he shook his hand.
Mathias Cormann was restored as finance minister and government leader in the Senate, while fellow Dutton backer Greg Hunt retained the health ministry.
Michael Keenan has been dropped from cabinet, but retains the human services and digital transformation portfolios.
The new ministry includes six women, up from five under Malcolm Turnbull, but totalling a quarter of all ministers.
Five women are also in junior positions, meaning there were just enough in total to make it challenging to get a single-line photo together.
“That’s a nice problem to have,” Senator Bridget McKenzie said as the snap was taken.
Among the female assistant ministers is Senator Linda Reynolds, who will be working in Mr Dutton’s portfolio of home affairs.
Her instalment comes less than a week after she told the upper house about the bullying and intimidation she witnessed during the leadership lobbying.
Mr Dutton was restored as home affairs minister on Monday, but his immigration responsibilities have been taken over by David Coleman.
Marise Payne, who tried to stop Mr Turnbull being knifed, was promoted to foreign affairs minister, while Christopher Pyne replaced her in defence.
Kelly O’Dwyer changed to jobs and industrial relations, which are now cabinet positions along with her old role as minister for women.
Former education minister Simon Birmingham was sworn in as trade minister, with his portfolio handed to Dan Tehan.
WA’s Melissa Price, who used to work for a mining company, comes into cabinet as environment minister.
New Social Services and Families Minister Paul Fletcher also rises to a cabinet post, along with Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews.
Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert and Sussan Ley have returned from the sin-bin after they were previously forced to quit ministerial positions.
Mr Morrison’s new-look front bench has its work cut out for it, with polls showing voters have turned on the coalition after a week of chaos in Canberra.
The first Newspoll after Malcolm Turnbull was axed showed Labor in front 56-44 on a two-party preferred basis, while an Essential poll has the coalition trailing 55-45.