Labor leader Anthony Albanese takes oath as Australia’s 31st PM

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 Labor leader Anthony Albanese takes oath as Australia’s 31st PM
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Highlights

  • Anthony Albanese, the leader of Australia's Labor Party, was sworn in as the country's 31st Prime Minister.
  • Penny Wong, a South Australian senator, was appointed as Australia's foreign minister.
  • Jim Chalmers of Queensland was sworn in as Treasurer, and Katy Gallagher of the Australian Capital Territory was named Finance Minister.

The leader of Australia's Labor Party, Anthony Albanese was today (May 23) sworn in as the country's 31st Prime Minister before heading to Tokyo for an international meeting. Albanese's triumph in the federal election ended the coalition's hold on power for around nine-year.

Anthony Albanese, Richard Marles, Penny Wong, Jim Chalmers, and Katy Gallagher were sworn in by Governor-General David Hurley.

Penny Wong, a South Australian senator, was appointed as Australia's foreign minister (the country's first foreign minister born outside the country).

Jim Chalmers of Queensland was sworn in as Treasurer, and Katy Gallagher of the Australian Capital Territory was named Finance Minister.

Governor-General David Hurley was present at the ceremony, which took place at the Government House in Canberra. Due to COVID-19 safety procedures, only a small group of people were invited to attend the ceremony.

After Albanese and Wong return from Japan for international meetings, the remainder of Australia's new ministry will be sworn in.

Taking to Twitter, Albanese said:

Since their first virtual meeting in March 2021, in-person Summit in Washington DC (in September 2021), and virtual meeting (in March 2022), the Quad leaders have met four times.

The leaders will check the progress of Quad initiatives and Working Groups, make recommendations for new areas of collaboration, and provide strategic direction and vision for future collaboration.

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Who is Albanese?

Before entering Parliament, Anthony Albanese joined the Labor Party as a student and worked as a party official and research officer. Albanese was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1996, gaining the Grayndler seat in New South Wales. He was originally recruited to the Shadow Cabinet in 2001, where he served in a variety of roles before becoming Manager of Opposition Business in 2006.

After Labor won the 2007 election, Albanese was named Leader of the House. He was also named Minister of Regional Development and Local Government, as well as Infrastructure and Transportation Minister. Between 2007 through 2013, he served as Australia's Deputy Prime Minister and as a cabinet minister.

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