In Australia, a new center-left government was sworn in on Wednesday. There were 13 women in the ethnically diverse cabinet, who held nearly half of the ministerial positions. This is a record number. Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony featured a kangaroo cape, a giant Bible and the Koran, Sky News emphasizes.
“I am proud to lead an inclusive government that is as diverse as itself Australia“- wrote on Twitter Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of the center-left Labor Party, which defeated the previously ruling Liberal Party in the elections.
Linda Burney, who wore a kangaroo cape at the ceremony, became the first woman – and the second-ever native of Australia – as Indigenous Minister.
The new Youth Minister, Anne Aly, is Australia’s first ever Muslim minister, and the new Industry and Science Minister, Ed Husic, is Australia’s first Muslim. They were the first to use the Koran during the swearing-in ceremony.
Tony Burke, who became Minister of Employment and Workplace Relations, swore on “a giant Bible that belonged to his great-grandfather,” Sky News reported.
Almost half of the government is made up of women
Women account for almost half of the 30 ministers sworn in and hold 10 of the 23 key positions in the cabinet, emphasizes the US station ABC News.
Prime Minister Albanese and Foreign Ministry Head Penny Wong were sworn in last week so they can go to Tokyo for the summit of the quadrilateral security dialogue (Quad) with the leaders of the USA, India and Japan.
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