Anthony Albanese sworn in as Australia’s 31st prime minister

By MiNDFOOD

Australia's Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese was sworn in as the country's 31st prime minister on Monday by Governor-General, David Hurley
Australia's Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese was sworn in as the country's 31st prime minister on Monday by Governor-General, David Hurley
Australia's Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese has been sworn in as the country's 31st prime minister, promising a "journey of change" as he vowed to tackle climate change, rising living costs and inequality.

Labor returns to power after nine years in opposition as a wave of unprecedented support for the Greens and climate-focussed independents, mostly women, helped end nearly a decade of rule by the conservative coalition in Saturday’s general election.

While votes are still being counted and the makeup of government has yet to be finalised, Albanese was sworn in so he could attend a key meeting of the “Quad” security grouping in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Albanese, raised in public housing by a single mother on a disability pension, was sworn in by Governor-General David Hurley at a ceremony in the national capital, Canberra.

“It’s a big day in my life but a big day for the country, when we change the government,” Albanese told reporters outside his Sydney suburban home ahead of the ceremony.

Deputy Labor leader Richard Marles and three key ministers – Penny Wong in foreign affairs, Jim Chalmers as treasurer and Katherine Ruth (Katy) Gallagher in finance – were also sworn in, with Wong to join Albanese on the Quad trip.

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