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Anthony Albanese to be sworn in as Prime Minister TODAY before going to Tokyo for crucial summit


Anthony Albanese will waste no time getting ‘down to business’ with the Labor leader set to be sworn in as Australia’s 31st Prime Minister on Monday before leaving for a Quad leaders’ summit in Tokyo. 

On the other side of politics, a power vacuum is opening up within the Coalition, with Peter Dutton tipped as the favourite to replace the ousted Scott Morrison, and Barnaby Joyce looking for a bigger say for the Nationals. 

When counting finished on Sunday night, Labor was assured of 75 seats, just one short of a majority in the 151 seat House of Representatives, despite the ALP primary vote plunging to 32.8 per cent. 

It also comes after the party lost what was previously a very safe Labor seat after running former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally as a parachute candidate. 

The urgency to swear Mr Albanese in as Prime Minister is so he can represent Australia at the crucial Quad summit. 

The meeting will bring together leaders from India, Japan, the US and Australia to discuss security and economic issues the Pacific region is facing. 

Anthony Albanese (pictured with Senator Penny Wong, partner Jodie Haydon and son Nathan) will waste no time getting 'down to business' with the Labor leader set to be sworn in as Australia's 31st Prime Minister on Monday

Anthony Albanese (pictured with Senator Penny Wong, partner Jodie Haydon and son Nathan) will waste no time getting ‘down to business’ with the Labor leader set to be sworn in as Australia’s 31st Prime Minister on Monday

Labor was on Sunday confident of forming majority government despite the ALP primary vote plunging to 32.8 per cent

Incoming Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (front right) is pictured with his partner Jodie Haydon (left) in Marrickville, Sydney on Sunday, May 22, 2022

Incoming Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (front right) is pictured with his partner Jodie Haydon (left) in Marrickville, Sydney on Sunday, May 22, 2022

Penny Wong, Richard Marles, Katy Gallagher and Jim Chalmers will also be sworn on Monday by Governor General David Hurley. 

Until the final make up of the government benches is known and other ministers are appointed, this gang of five will divide up all of the ministries between themselves. 

There will be some promotions to the ministry after Labor’s environment spokeswoman Terri Butler and home affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally lost to the Greens and an independent, respectively. 

After the summit and bilateral meetings with Quad leaders on Tuesday, Albanese said he would return to Australia on Wednesday.

‘Then we’ll get down to business,’ he said.

One of the first major events will be a meeting with state premiers and territory chief ministers when he will set out the new federal government’s stance on more ambitious climate action. 

Mr Albanese said on Sunday that he wants to change the way politics is conducted in Australia after an election that saw a three-term Coalition government swept from power while losing seats to Labor, the Greens and the so-called teal independents.  

‘It’s something that’s a big moment in my life but what I want it to be is a big moment for the country,’ he said.

‘I do want to change the country. I want to change the way that politics operates in this country.’

Following a crushing defeat, the outgoing prime minister confirmed he would be stepping down as leader of the Liberal Party

Following a crushing defeat, the outgoing prime minister confirmed he would be stepping down as leader of the Liberal Party

Peter Dutton (pictured) is the favourite to succeed Scott Morrison as leader of the Liberal Party

Peter Dutton (pictured) is the favourite to succeed Scott Morrison as leader of the Liberal Party

But while Labor looks to divide up the spoils of office, the Coalition is set for internal battles on two fronts. 

The most immediate battle is to decide on who will replace Mr Morrison as Liberal leader and therefore leader of the opposition. 

An emotional Mr Morrison told his local Horizon Church on Sunday a life of faith called on people to ‘trust and obey’.

‘God holds us, whether you’re a prime minister or a pastor, running a business, teaching in schools, working in the police force – it doesn’t matter,’ he said.

‘I’m very pleased that the last thing I say as PM is here.’

The outgoing Minister for Defence Peter Dutton has already put his hand up, and is the clear favourite, having previously run for the leadership twice in 2018, losing firstly to Malcolm Turnbull and then days later to Mr Morrison. 

The outgoing Minister for Trade, Dan Tehan, and Karen Andrews, who served as Minister for Home Affairs under Mr Morrison, have both been touted as potential challengers to Mr Dutton.

But with fellow Queenslanders and fellow conservatives dominating what is left of the Liberal Party, Mr Dutton is likely to have the numbers.

National Party leader Barnaby Joyce (right) is pictured with his partner Vikki Campion at the Brisbane Convention Centre

National Party leader Barnaby Joyce (right) is pictured with his partner Vikki Campion at the Brisbane Convention Centre

Monique Ryan (pictured second left with her family) is one of the teal independents who took seats from the Liberal Party

Monique Ryan (pictured second left with her family) is one of the teal independents who took seats from the Liberal Party

The other major internal fight is that, having held all of its seats while the Liberals lost up to 20, the Nationals now make up a far greater proportion of the Coalition than before. 

And with greater numbers comes an expectation of greater power. 

Mr Joyce said on Sunday that he will ‘bargain hard’ for extra National Party shadow positions.

He said the teal independents had done ‘an exceptional job of decapitating the moderates out of the Liberals’. 

Pauline Hanson is at risk of losing her senate spot, as voters turn their backs on the One Nation founder

Pauline Hanson is at risk of losing her senate spot, as voters turn their backs on the One Nation founder

‘I’m hoping they’re happy with their work,’ he told the Financial Review

‘They’ve managed to get rid of three gay guys, one Aboriginal and one Asian. Was that their game plan?’

Mr Joyce could not resist having a crack at his Coalition partners, though, saying ‘We were also up against independents, but we won, because we know how to campaign.’

Pauline Hanson is at risk of losing her senate spot, as voters turn their backs on the One Nation founder. 

Hanson is behind the Queensland Greens candidate Penny Allman-Payne, with her party polling 7.8 per cent of the Senate vote as Sunday morning.

While Billionaire Clive Palmer has received just 4.7 per cent of the Senate vote for the UAP, meaning he will likely miss out too.

LABOR’S PLAN FOR AUSTRALIA:

* Improve aged care, with registered nurses on-site 24 hours a day, more carers, a pay rise for workers and better food for residents

* Reduce childcare costs

* Support a minimum wage rise to keep pace with increasing inflation levels, and to lift productivity and close the gap on wages

* Net-zero emissions by 2050 and a 43 per cent greenhouse gas emissions cut by 2030 while driving investment in renewable energy and creating 604,000 new jobs by 2030

* Implement the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full and deliver a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament

* Establish a national anti-corruption commission

* Promote women’s economic opportunity and make gender pay equity an objective of the Fair Work Act

* Bolster relations with Pacific nations in the wake of the Solomon Islands signing a security pact with China

* Housing Australia Future Fund and Help to Buy scheme involving an equity contribution from the government for up to 10,000 aspiring homeowners a year on low and middle incomes

* A royal commission into Centrelink ‘robodebt’.

 



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