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Australia’s Prime Minister Albanese boasts of ‘inclusive cabinet’, inducts record 13 female ministers, 2 Muslim


Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Wednesday inducted a record 13 female ministers, including the first Muslim woman, into Australia’s new government, up from 7 female ministers in Scott Morrison’s Liberal government.

Apart from this, Minister for Industry Ed Husick and Minister for Youth Anne Ali became the Australian Federal Government’s Muslim Prime Ministers.

The swearing-in ceremony was led by Governor-General David Hurley in the capital Canberra, where 23 ministers were inducted on Wednesday.

“Proud to lead an inclusive government as diverse as Australia itself. Welcome to all these new Labor members,” the new Prime Minister tweeted.

Of the 30 ministers appointed to the new government, almost half are women. Women also hold a record 10 out of 23 positions in key Cabinet positions.

“This is the highest number of women ever in an Australian cabinet with 10 women in the cabinet. On top of that…there are 13 women in the ministry and 19 frontbenchers [which includes assistant ministers]. Record numbers, in all three categories for female representation – in cabinet, ministry and top positions,” Albanese said Tuesday evening, citing the Guardian.

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Albanese’s cabinet includes a mix of new faces and experienced lawmakers who served in the previous Labor government which was in power nine years ago.

“We have an overflow of talent on our side of parliament,” Albanese said, adding that “this is the most experienced new Labor government in our history since the federation.

Labor won 77 seats in the 151-seat lower house, even as votes are still counted from last month’s election results.

(With agency contributions)

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