8 Jun 2022

Albanese heads overseas, appoints Minister for the 'Republic'

From Nine To Noon, 9:50 am on 8 June 2022

Australia correspondent Chris Niesche joins Kathryn to talk about new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's first foreign trips - one to Tokyo for the Quad meeting and another to Indonesia.

What does this say about the importance he places on international relations?

And the new government has appointed an Assistant Minister for the Republic - putting the issue back on the agenda for the first time in two decades and upsetting monarchists in the process.

(L-R) Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for photo before QUAD leaders meeting at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on May 24, 2022. QUAD, Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, is a strategic security dialogue between Australia, India, Japan, and the United States that is maintained by talks between member countries.  ( The Yomiuri Shimbun ) (Photo by Masanori Genko / Yomiuri / The Yomiuri Shimbun via AFP)