Australia’s new federal cabinet was inaugurated today, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese appointing a record number of women to his multidisciplinary cabinet, which includes religious minorities and indigenous peoples.
The Albany cabinet had 23 ministers, including 10 women, compared to seven in former Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal government.
Industry Minister Ed Hussein and Youth Minister Anne Ali were sworn in as the first Muslim ministers of the Australian federal government at a ceremony in the capital, Canberra.
Wearing a kangaroo leather dress, Linda Bernie also became the first tribal woman to hold the ministry of tribalism in the country.
Two days after the May 21 election, Albanese formed a provisional ministry to attend a quartet meeting in Tokyo in the presence of US President Joe Biden and leaders of Japan and India. .
In the cabinet ranks, Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles took over the defense portfolio and was one of the members of the interim government, along with Penny Wong, who served as Secretary of State.
Albanese said yesterday that Labor would win 77 seats in the 151-member House of Representatives and allow it to form a majority government without the support of independents and Greens who focus on climate issues.
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