Anthony Albanese, the Labor Party leader, pledged to unite the country after the defeat of Scott Morrison’s Liberal Party . He said people wanted to come together and find common purpose.
Albanese, 59, entered parliament in 1996, and was Leader of the House from 2007 to 2013. He worked with conservatives and independents to pass laws in Australia’s first minority government in 70 years. He has been the Australian Labor Party’s (ALP) leader since 2019 and a member of parliament (MP) for the Grayndler division since 1996. Albanese served as the second Rudd government’s deputy prime minister in 2013 and as a cabinet minister in the Rudd and Gillard administrations from 2007 to 2013.
Albanese helped organise a rent strike to keep his mother’s public housing property from being sold off to developers. He is motivated by his childhood struggles to help others.
Anthony Albanese was involved in student politics and worked under Bob Hawke, Labor’s longest-serving prime minister. He believes in the idea that there are people of good will in the community.
“Anthony has … a capacity to look beyond the party political alignment,” said Robert Tickner, a former long-standing Labor member said in a phone interview. “He’s not someone who’s a sectarian.”