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Anthony Albanese

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Albanese in 2011
Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
30 May 2019
Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Deputy Tanya Plibersek
Preceded by Bill Shorten
Leader of the Labor Party
Assumed office
30 May 2019
Deputy Tanya Plibersek
Preceded by Bill Shorten
Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
In office
27 June 2013 – 18 September 2013
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Preceded by Wayne Swan
Succeeded by Warren Truss
Deputy Leader of the Labor Party
In office
26 June 2013 – 13 October 2013
Leader Kevin Rudd
Chris Bowen (Acting)
Preceded by Wayne Swan
Succeeded by Tanya Plibersek
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
In office
3 December 2007 – 18 September 2013
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Julia Gillard
Preceded by Mark Vaile
Succeeded by Warren Truss
Leader of the House
In office
3 December 2007 – 18 September 2013
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Julia Gillard
Deputy Stephen Smith
Preceded by Tony Abbott
Succeeded by Christopher Pyne
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
In office
1 July 2013 – 18 September 2013
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Preceded by Stephen Conroy
Succeeded by Malcolm Turnbull
Minister for Regional Development and Local Government
In office
3 December 2007 – 28 June 2010
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Julia Gillard
Preceded by Jim Lloyd (Local Government)
Mark Vaile (Regional Development)
Succeeded by Simon Crean
Manager of Opposition Business in the House
In office
10 December 2006 – 3 December 2007
Leader Kevin Rudd
Preceded by Julia Gillard
Succeeded by Joe Hockey
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Grayndler
Assumed office
2 March 1996
Preceded by Jeannette McHugh
Personal details
Born
Anthony Norman Albanese

2 March 1963 (1963-03-02) (age 56)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Political party Labor
Spouse(s)
Carmel Tebbutt
(m. 2000; sep. 2019)
Alma mater University of Sydney
Website Official website

Anthony Norman Albanese (born 2 March 1963) is an Australian Labor Party politician who has been Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labor Party since 2019. The Member of Parliament (MP) for Grayndler since 1996, Albanese served as Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Deputy Leader of the Labor Party in 2013, and was a Cabinet Minister in the Rudd and Gillard Governments from 2007 and 2013.

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 politics worked as a party official and research officer. Albanese was elected to the House of Representatives at the 1996 election, winning the Division of Grayndler in New South Wales. He was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet in 2001.

When Labor won the 2007 election, Albanese became Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, and Local Government, and was also appointed Leader of the House. Albanese publicly criticised the leadership divisions between Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard from 2010 to 2013, though remained in the Cabinet under both leaders. After the final leadership ballot in June 2013, Albanese was elected Deputy Leader and was sworn in as the 15th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia the following day.

After Labor was defeated in the 2013 election, Albanese stood against Bill Shorten in the 2013 leadership election, the first to include party members. Although Albanese won a majority of the membership, Shorten won more heavily among Labor MPs; Shorten subsequently appointed Albanese to his Shadow Cabinet. After Labor was defeated in the 2019 election, Shorten resigned as opposition leader. Albanese was the first to announce his candidacy for 2019 leadership election. He was subsequently elected unopposed as the 21st leader of the party, effective from 30 May 2019.

Personal life

Albanese is married to Carmel Tebbutt, former Deputy Premier of New South Wales and former member for the state electoral district of Marrickville, which until its abolition in 2015 overlapped with Grayndler in Sydney's inner west. They have one son. Albanese and Tebbutt separated in 2019.

Albanese describes himself as "half-Italian and half-Irish" and a "non-practicising Catholic".


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