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‘Big day’: PM Albo to be sworn in

Anthony Albanese is set to be sworn in as the 31st Prime Minister before he jets off on his first international trip to a leaders summit in Japan. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Flavio Brancaleone

Anthony Albanese is set to be sworn in as the 31st Prime Minister before he jets off on his first international trip to a leaders summit in Japan.

The Labor leader will meet with Governor-General David Hurley at Government House in Canberra to be officially sworn into the role.

Appearing alongside him will be incoming Foreign Minister, Penny Wong and deputy leader Richard Marles, who will become acting prime minister while Mr Albanese is in Tokyo.

Anthony Albanese will be sworn in on Monday morning. Picture Chris Pavlich
Anthony Albanese will be sworn in on Monday morning. Picture Chris Pavlich

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Jim Chalmers and Katy Gallagher will also be sworn in as Treasurer and Finance Minister.

The five will divide portfolios so each ministry and department was covered as an interim measure until the Labor caucus meets next week.

Afterwards, Mr Albanese and Senator Wong will fly to Japan for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue summit.

The new Prime Minister will hold face-to-face meetings with world leaders including US President Joe Biden and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Speaking outside his Marrickville home early on Monday morning, Mr Albanese vowed to get to work immediately.

Mr Albanese will head to Tokyo late on Monday. Picture Chris Pavlich for The Australian
Mr Albanese will head to Tokyo late on Monday. Picture Chris Pavlich for The Australian

“It’s a big day in my life. But a big day for the country, when we change the government,” he said.

“I want to lead a government that has the same sentiment of optimism and hope that I think defines the Australian people. I want to be positive.

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“I want to channel the opportunity that we have to shape change so that we bring people with us on the journey of change.

“I want to bring the country together, and the new government starts today.”

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