Anthony Albanese becomes Australia's new Prime Minister
New Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese takes charge from 23 May 2022. Albanese (Labor Party) defeated Scott Morrison (Conservative Party) in recent elections. It is Australia's first Labor government in almost a decade. The labour party has won 74 seats in the lower house. They need 76 seats to form a majority government.
Malaysian-born Penny Wong becomes first Foreign Minister of Australia who was born overseas. Richard Marles has become the New Deputy PM of Australia. Jim Chalmers is the new treasurer and Katy Gallagher is the Attorney-General and Finance Minister.
The New PM has left for Tokyo to participate in the Quad Leaders' Summit where he will interact with the leaders of Japan, India and US.
Mr Albanese said: "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."
The recent defence deal between China and Solomon Islands is seen as a threat to Australia's status as a strategic partner to Pacific countries.
The new Prime Minister has a set a target of reducing emissions by 43% by 2030. The Morrison government has a target of 26-28% emissions reduction by 2030 which was about half that of the UK and the US.