Penny Wong has injured her shoulder falling off a surfboard on a family holiday days before the opening of Parliament.
The foreign minister sported a sling on her right arm as she met with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Cabinet on Monday.
Her office said she was injured while surfing on a holiday with her partner Sophie Allouache and two daughters last week.
Penny Wong has injured her shoulder while surfing on a family holiday days before the first sitting of Parliament
Foreign Minister Penny Wong sported a sling on her right arm as she met with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Cabinet on Monday.
Senator Wong, 53, was bombarded with concerned messages from fans after photos of her in Cabinet began circulating, and reassured them she was OK.
‘Thank you to those who have expressed concern. In short – Penny v surfboard and surfboard won,’ she wrote on Twitter.
Unlike former prime minister Tony Abbott, the South Australian senator does not have a well-known history of hitting the waves.
Senator Wong got some much-needed family time after weeks of international diplomacy as the Labor government made her portfolio a priority.
She and ‘Airbus Albo’ logged thousands of airmiles shoring up Australia’s relations in the region, most recently in Fiji for the Pacific Islands Forum on July 11-14.
A week earlier she met with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi after a G20 meeting of foreign ministers, where she discussed ending the two-year trade war.
Senator Wong was bombarded with concerned messages from fans after this photo of her in Cabinet began circulating, and reassured them she was OK
Senator Wong supports her right arm with her left as she sits next to Anthony Albanese at a Cabinet meeting on Monday, the day before Parliament opens
Back at work on home soil, Senator Wong listened as Mr Albanese told Labor caucus his government would ‘hit the ground running’.
‘Labor governments don’t just occupy the space, we are here to make a difference and this week we will have legislation, at least 18 pieces of legislation,’ he said.
Priorities include setting an emissions reduction target, giving Australians 10 days of domestic violence leave, and reforming aged care.
Labor promised to legislate a 43 per cent emissions reduction target for 2030, upping the ante from the Morrison Government that only committed to a 26 per cent reduction.
‘In addition to that, in coming weeks we will have child care legislation. We will be acting on our urgent care clinics, putting them in place. We will, by the end of the year, have legislation on the anti-corruption commission,’ Mr Albanese said.
‘We will be advancing the [Indigenous] Voice to Parliament enshrined in our Constitution.
Senator Wong got some much-needed family time after weeks of international diplomacy, most recently in Fiji for the Pacific Islands Forum on July 11-14, seen here without a sling
Back at work on home soil, Senator Wong listened as Mr Albanese told Labor caucus his government would ‘hit the ground running’
‘In all of this, in all of this is the what, and the how is also important, so we want to change the tone of politics in this country. We want to be more inclusive. We want to make sure there’s less shouting more delivery.’
Mr Albanese spent several minutes touting Labour’s achievements in its first two months in office, including getting the minimum rage raised by 5.2 per cent.
‘I said during the election campaign I held up my $1 coin and said that people on $20.33 deserve an extra $1 an hour which is what we’re talking about,’ he said.
‘Indeed, the fair work commission granted them $1 and now with an increase there is no doubt that that would not have occurred had the change in government not happened on May 21.’
The PM also did not miss the chance to bash the Coalition on its $1 trillion of debt from Covid relief, and for pressuring the public service to announce an asylum seeker boat arrival on election day.
Parliament will sit on Tuesday for the first time since before the May 21 federal election that swept Labor to power.