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Australia's first Muslim frontbencher sworn in

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The dumping of Australia's first woman prime minister Julia Gillard has paved the way for another milestone for the nation's parliament -- its first frontbencher of the Muslim faith, sworn in on Monday. 

Australia's Kevin Rudd talks to the media at Parliament House in Canberra, on June 26, 2013. Rudd -- who ousted Julia Gillard in a leadership contest last week -- has appointed a Muslim lawmaker as his parliamentary secretary. The appointment means Ed Husic is the first Australian frontbencher of Muslim faith.

Ed Husic, whose mother and father are Bosnian migrants, was sworn in as parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who retook the leadership last week.

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