Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has a record number of women in his cabinet

A record number of women in Australia's new cabinet

A total of 10 women have been included in Australia’s new cabinet.


Australia’s new federal ministry was sworn in on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese appointing a record number of women to a diverse cabinet comprising religious minorities and indigenous peoples.

A total of 10 women were included in Albany’s 23-member cabinet, up from seven in the previous Liberal-National Coalition government led by Scott Morrison.

Industry Minister Ed Hussein and Youth Minister Ann Alley became Australia’s first Muslim federal minister at a ceremony in the national capital, Canberra, while Linda Barney became the first Indigenous woman to hold a kangaroo-skinned, aboriginal Australian ministry.

Albanese formed an interim ministry, which included four other key members two days after the May 21 election, to attend a quad group meeting in Tokyo, attended by US President Joe Biden and leaders from Japan and India.

Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles – who was part of the interim Ministry of Foreign Affairs with Penny Wong – has been given the defense portfolio by Jim Chalmers as treasurer and Katie Gallagher as finance minister.

Don Farrell will be the new Commerce Minister and Tania Plubersek will be the Environment Minister, while Claire O’Neill will be in charge of Home Affairs and Chris Bowen will take over.

Former Labor leader Bill Shorten will be the Minister of Public Service.

Albany said on Tuesday that Labor would rule in its own right, demanding 77 seats in the 151-seat lower house, allowing climate-free independence and the formation of a majority government without the support of the Greens.

Ensuring a majority reduces the risk for labor that it will have to negotiate with 16 crossbenchers to pass legislation, although it will still need additional support to legislate in the upper house of parliament.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)

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