The 2022 Australian federal election held on Saturday 21 May 2022 elected members of the 47th Parliament of Australia where the Labor Party got a mandate to govern with a simple majority.

The Albanese Labor Government includes two Muslim Ministers, a first in Australian History.
Ed Husic was sworn as Industry and Science Minister, while Anne Aly picked up the Early Childhood Education and Youth portfolios, making them Australia’s first Muslim ministers.

The election has resulted in severe losses for the Liberal-National Coalition, with dramatic gains by the Greens and independent candidates, mostly women.

The House of Representatives will now have at least 57 women, making 38% of the chamber female, this being the highest proportion of women ever in the lower house.

The Senate reached and exceeded 50% women in the last parliament, and will maintain this in the new parliament.

This amounts to a historic moment in Australia’s track record towards a parliament that truly endorses and promotes gender equality.

The reduction of the Liberal Party vote was accompanied by a wave of unexpected wins for women winning as challengers in safe or fairly safe seats previously held by key ministers such as Josh Frydenberg in Melbourne and and rising Liberal stars like Dave Sharma in Sydney.

Australian voters took advantage of the alternatives presented by independent and Green women candidates during this federal election where 65% women stood as independent candidates in 2022 when compared to only 22% in 2019.

The Labor government will be led by Anthony Albanese, a man of humble beginnings, a fair dinkum Australian who honestly speaks his mind. This brings back the memories of Gough Whitlam, another iconic Labor politician who made great impact on Australian politics.

Now with this strong mandate, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese needs to steer Australia towards its Labor values of fair go for all, social justice and an independent foreign policy.

Labor initiatives in healthcare namely Medicare, compassionate Centrelink provisions, NDIS and affirmative action for the participation of women in all walks of life and support for university students should be prioritised.

In its foreign policy, being realistic with its geographical position, Australia should stay clear of super power rivalry and become independent of US hegemony carving its own way of dealing with the world, fairly as an independent power away from US, UK and Europe.

Albanese, over the last two decades has expressed fairly independent and equitable views without fear or favour regarding the Israel/Palestinian conflict and now in government he should maintain the same without being bulldozed by the Zionist lobby.

Criticism of illegal and oppressive practices by Israel should not be abandoned for the fear of being accused of being anti-semitic and Australia should support the legitimate rights of self determination of Palestinians in all international forums.

Similarly Australia should develop mutually beneficial relations with China, India and Indonesia, emerging powers in the Indo-Pacific keeping in mind its own interests and its geographical position.

Australia should base its relations with these powers with clauses for upholding of human rights specially in China with respect to its Uyghurs as well as with India with respect to oppression of Muslims in Kashmir and human rights abuses of its large Muslim minority.