Australia’s new federal ministry has taken an oath, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s cabinet including a record number of women. The diverse cabinet team also includes religious minorities and Indigenous Aboriginals. Albanese’s 23-member cabinet includes ten women, compared to seven in the previous Liberal-National coalition administration led by Scott Morrison.
The fact that there are more women on the front bench than ever before is a defining moment for Australia. The high-profile appointments include the appointment of Penny Wong as the new foreign minister, Claire O’Neil as the new home affairs and cyber security minister, and Katy Gallagher as the new finance minister.
On the other hand, at a ceremony in the national capital, Canberra, Industry Minister Ed Husic and Youth Minister Anne Aly became Australia’s first Muslim federal ministers, while Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney, dressed in a kangaroo-skin cloak, became the first Aboriginal woman to hold the position.
Furthermore, “this is an exciting group to be a part of. It’s a team that, in my opinion, is overflowing with brilliance, with people who are totally focused on making a difference as ministers and assistant ministers, “Albanese stated. He went on to say, “This is the largest number of women who have ever served in an Australian Cabinet.”
Additionally, it has been disclosed that although a couple of the new leaders were sworn in last week, Albanese has now revealed the entire Cabinet. He added the remaining ministers would be sworn in on Wednesday morning.
Albanese made the announcements a week after the center-left Labor Party leader came to power and was sworn in immediately. Albanese indicated on Tuesday that his government will have an absolute majority when Parliament reconvenes when the complete national election results are in.