Labor Leader Anthony Albanese To Be Sworn In As Australia’s 31st Prime Minister Today

Meeting with Quad

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Labor leader Anthony Albanese will be sworn in as the 31st prime minister of Australia today, ahead of flying to Tokyo in the afternoon for the Quad meeting.

Mr Albanese will on Monday attend Government House in Canberra with Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, incoming foreign minister Penny Wong, and new treasurer Jim Chalmers and new finance minister Katy Gallagher to be sworn in by Governor-General David Hurley.

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They are expected to divide the ministerial portfolios amongst themselves until the incoming Labor government's full ministry is sworn in later this month.

Official numbers from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) at the time of Albanese swearing in, have Labor on 75 seats in the House of Representatives, one short of a majority, however predictions estimate that they could hold as many as 77.

While, the Coalition has 52 seats, with Scott Morrison to stand down as leader of the Liberal Party leadership in the next party room meeting.

Once sworn in, Australia's new leader will fly with Penny Wong to Tokyo to meet with US President Jo Biden, Quad host leader Fumio Kishida and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.

In a statement issued on Sunday night, Albanese said he during the meeting he would discuss Labor's climate change plans, as well as seeking a stronger foreign policy focus for the region.

"This will be my first international trip as prime minister and I am honoured to represent Australia at this important forum," the statement read.

"The Quad Leaders' Summit brings together four leaders of great liberal democracies - Australia, Japan, India, and the United States of America - in support of a free, open and resilient Indo-Pacific, with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at its centre.

"Under my government, Australia will continue to work through the Quad to deliver positive and practical initiatives in our region, including on health, security, and climate change," the statement said.


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22 May 2022

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