The first Australian parliamentary sitting under newly-elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will take place in Canberra today. Albanese’s progressive Labour
The first Australian parliamentary sitting under newly-elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will take place in Canberra today. Albanese’s progressive Labour Party a decisive majority in May, giving it a clear mandate to upend Australian politics, which had been dominated by the conservative Liberal Party since 2013.
Albanese promised to diversity and inclusion and appointed a of women to his cabinet, including the first Aboriginal woman to lead the Indigenous Australians ministry. He also promised stronger relations with Pacific countries to counter China’s growing assertiveness—a promise underlined by recent to the Quad summit in Tokyo and to . Most notably, he to end Australia’s status as a major carbon and to end the country’s fossil fuel dependency and move toward net zero.
This parliamentary sitting is expected to lay the foundation for Australia’s energy transition, but also to focus on measures to mitigate the country’s largest COVID-19 yet. Another open question is Canberra’s future relationship with China, which has become increasingly in recent years, leading to Beijing imposing on many Australian goods. Albanese will have to walk a fine line between improving relations with Beijing and fulfilling his promise to enhance relations with other Pacific nations.
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