Australia’s newly elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese made a statement right at the beginning of his term: almost half of his cabinet is female. That’s never happened Down Under.

In Australia, the cabinet of the new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been sworn in. Ten of the 22 ministries are headed by women – more than ever before in the history of the country.

Linda Burney (65) is the first woman with indigenous roots to head the Australian Indigenous Ministry. Both the Foreign and Home Offices are led by women with Penny Wong and Clare O’Neil. Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of Defense is Richard Marles, who has also been Deputy Labor Party leader since 2019.

Labor won the general election on May 21 and is back in power for the first time in almost a decade. The conservative coalition led by former Prime Minister Scott Morrison suffered a bitter defeat. Albanese (59) can govern with a slim majority and will not depend on the votes of other parties. Labor got 77 of the 151 seats in the House of Commons.