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Anthony Albanese MP

Address to the National Press Club

Tuesday, 25 January 2022

The National Press Club of Australia

Anthony Albanese, Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition, addresses the National Press Club of Australia.

Anthony Albanese is  Leader of the Opposition and leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) since 2019. He has been member of parliament (MP) for the division of Grayndler since 1996.

Albanese was born in Sydney and attended St Mary's Cathedral College, before going on to the University of Sydney to study economics. He joined the Labor Party as a student, and before entering parliament worked as a party official and research officer. Albanese was elected to the House of Representatives at the 1996 election, winning the seat of Grayndler in New South Wales. He was first appointed to the Shadow Cabinet in 2001 and went on to serve in a number of roles, eventually becoming Manager of Opposition Business in 2006.

After Labor's victory in the 2007 election, Albanese was appointed Leader of the House; he was also made Minister for Regional Development and Local Government and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. Albanese was elected Deputy Leader of the Labor Party and was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister of Australia in 2013.

Following Labor's defeat in the 2013 election, Albanese stood against Bill Shorten in the ensuing leadership election, with Shorten being elected. After Labor's defeat in the 2019 election, Shorten resigned. Albanese became the only person nominated in a leadership election; he was subsequently declared elected unopposed as the Leader of the Labor Party, becoming Leader of the Opposition.

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