Anthony Albanese: Australia’s Labor Opposition Elects New Leader
Australia’s Labor opposition has chosen Anthony Albanese as his new leader after the party suffered an upset in the nation’s general election.
Previous leader Bill Shorten resigned on 18 May, immediately after the election to incumbent Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Mr. Albanese, an experienced politician was elected unopposed as his successor.
He promised to rebuild Labor’s vote, saying on Monday.
“I do my best work with the Australian people to ensure that we elect a Labor government next time.”
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Last week, Mr. Albanese defined the election loss as “dangerous”, after months of opinion polls had indicated that Labor was expected to win.
A 56 years old MP from Sydney, has held senior positions in past of Labor governments.
Who is Anthony Albanese?
- Mr. Albanese a single parents in public housing in Sydney before studying economics at the University of Sydney
- Worked as a staff for Labor politicians before entering parliament in 1996
- One of Labor’s most experienced MP, he was complete deputy prime minister to Kevin Rudd in 2013
- He has held other groups including communications, infrastructure and transport.
Mr. Albanese has promised a “reset” of Labor’s policy agenda but said he would not be rushed.
However, that finally failed to appeal to voters, with Labor suffering a 1.08% swing away from it nationally.
Australia election results 2019
In his first speech as leader-elect on Monday, Mr. Albanese said he intended to build relationships with “those people who wanted to vote for us, who were open to vote for us, but who felt like they couldn’t”.
He emphasized his economic credentials, and said he was open to working with the government to achieve progress on climate change and indigenous issues.
“Some reforms require bipartisan support,” he said.
The party’s former deputy Tanya Plibersek, shadow treasurer Chris Bowen, and rising frontbencher Jim Chalmers were also eyed as potential leaders, but all withdrew from the race last week.
Ms. Plibersek said she would not run for the character because of his family reasons.