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Australian Prime Minister appoints record number of women to Cabinet

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (Second-Left) flanked by Foreign Minister Penny Wong, Deputy Prime Minster Richard Marles and Finance Minister Katy Gallagher (R).

AUSTRALIA: Australia’s new federal ministry was sworn into office today, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese appointing a record number of women to a diverse cabinet team that includes religious minorities and Indigenous Aboriginals.

A total of 10 women were included in Albanese’s 23-member Cabinet, surpassing the seven in the previous Liberal-National coalition Government led by Scott Morrison.

Industry Minister Ed Husic and Youth Minister Anne Aly became Australia’s first Muslim federal ministers at a ceremony in the national capital, Canberra, while Linda Burney, wearing a kangaroo-skin cloak, became the first Aboriginal woman to hold the Indigenous Australians ministry.

Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles — who was part of the Interim Ministry along with Penny Wong in Foreign Affairs, Jim Chalmers as Treasurer and Katy Gallagher in Finance — has been assigned the defence portfolio. Don Farrell is the new Trade Minister and Tanya Plibersek the Environment Minister, while Clare O’Neil will be in charge of Home Affairs and Chris Bowen takes Energy.

Former Labour leader Bill Shorten will be Minister for Government Services. Albanese said Labour will govern in its own right, claiming 77 seats in the 151-seat Lower House, letting it form a majority government without the support of climate-focussed Independents and Greens. – THE MALAY MAIL


Thursday, June 2, 2022 – 01:00

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