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With four out of five Australians living in cities and with our cities producing 80 per cent of national GDP, there’s never been a stronger case for Commonwealth leadership on urban policy. Better planning and more inter-governmental co-operation will extract economy-wide productivity gains from our cities and improve our quality of life. Yet the Abbott Government is withdrawing from the urban policy space with cuts to urban public transport and the abolition of the Government’s Major Cities Unit. Anthony Albanese will make the case for direct Commonwealth investment in cities as well as policy leadership to ensure they drive economic growth but also remain great places to live, not just now, but decades into the future.
Anthony grew up in a public housing community in Camperdown in Sydney and attended St Joseph’s Camperdown and St Mary’s Cathedral College and then studied economics at the University of Sydney.
He recognised early in life that there was a need to fight for social justice to provide equal opportunity in Australian society. This inspired him to join the Labor Party in 1979 while still at school.
Anthony is a passionate advocate for the environment, fair working conditions, multiculturalism and equality for all members of the community regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality or religion.
He believes in opportunities for all through education, universal health care and the need for government to invest in local communities.
In 1996 Anthony was elected as the Member for Grayndler in Sydney’s inner west, where he has lived his entire life.
Anthony and his family live in Marrickville. He has played tennis at Henson Park for 30 years and is a Life Member of the South Sydney Rabbitohs.