Albo settles into top job
Anthony Albanese is as inner-city in 2019 as Neville Wran was Sydney in 1979 .
The city bloke called “Albo” has enjoyed a fast rise to power within the Labor Party.
That he has become the party’s leader this year goes back to his roots 30 years ago when he came under notice at Labor’s annual State conference.
He was then was on stage at the Sydney Town Hall, as the left-wing president of Young Labor.
Than, still in his early twenties, he had ripped into a Young Labor right-winger to the full-throatal cheers and egging on of the party’s onlookers. Most obviously he was not shy in putting his best fist forward.
Faction leaders one and all grinned as young Albo thrashed it out from the floor of city’s great city hall.
Albo was never taught how to be tough. He knew instrintively that toughness was a necessary given to survive the rough and tumble of Labor politics.
Albanese graduated to becoming Opposition Leader after mild and mannered Bill Shorten lost the unlosable Federal election earlier this year.
He will take his time to get the Opposition battle prepared and he has a full three years to get Labor back into government.
When not out on the political stage Albo will stay rooted within the Marrickville community, in Sydney’s inner west, an increasingly crowed suburban location where factories have been replaced by expensive apartment blocks.
Australian voters, especially those in inner Sydney, like down-to-earth big personality politicians.
A die-heart South Sydney Rabbitohs Rugby League supporter he pits himself straight up to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, someone who also prides himself on getting a high pass at the pub test.
His campaign for Labor was first pitched publicly at Sydney City’s Henson Park Hotel.
Other than having a beer named after him - the ‘Albo Corn Ale’ brewed by Willie the Boatman - here’s what is known about Anthony Albanese.
* He’s 56 years old has been the member for the inner west Sydney seat of Grayndler since 1996.
* Began his political life at university before working for Labor minister Tom Uren, the NSW party machine and NSW premier Bob Carr.
* Studied economics at the University of Sydney.
* Was in the shadow ministry three years after entering parliament.
* Became manager of opposition business in the House of Representatives under Kevin Rudd.
* Became Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Regional Development and Local Government when Labor won the 2007 federal election.
* Was deputy prime minister after Rudd’s brief return to the leadership following the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd bloodbaths.
* In that short window he was also Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
* Vied for the role of Labor leader against Bill Shorten in 2013 and lost, despite winning the popular vote.
* Passionate about a high-speed rail network for Australia.
* Lifetime supporter of the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
* Moonlights as ‘DJ Albo’, spinning tracks at gigs and ALP fundraisers. * Separated from wife Carmel Tebbutt, a former deputy premier of NSW. The pair have a teenage son, Nathan.