Anthony Albanese

Prime Minister of Australia since 2022

Anthony Norman Albanese ( /ˈælbənz/ AL-bə-neez;[1] born 2 March 1963) also known by his nickname Albo is an Italian-Australian politician who is the 31st and current Prime Minister of Australia, taking the position in 2022. He has been Member of Parliament for Grayndler since 1996. Since May 2019, Albanese has been the 21st Leader of the Australian Labor Party.

Anthony Albanese

Albanese in 2022
31st Prime Minister of Australia
Assumed office
23 May 2022
Governor General
DeputyRichard Marles
Preceded byScott Morrison
21st Leader of the Labor Party
Assumed office
30 May 2019
DeputyRichard Marles
Preceded byBill Shorten
34th Leader of the Opposition
In office
30 May 2019 – 23 May 2022
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
DeputyRichard Marles
Preceded byBill Shorten
Succeeded byPeter Dutton
15th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
In office
27 June 2013 – 18 September 2013
Prime MinisterKevin Rudd
Preceded byWayne Swan
Succeeded byWarren Truss
25th Deputy Leader of the Labor Party
In office
26 June 2013 – 13 October 2013
LeaderKevin Rudd
Preceded byWayne Swan
Succeeded byTanya Plibersek
30th Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
In office
3 December 2007 – 18 September 2013
Prime Minister
Preceded byMark Vaile
Succeeded byWarren Truss
17th Leader of the House
In office
3 December 2007 – 18 September 2013
Prime Minister
  • Kevin Rudd
  • Julia Gillard
  • Kevin Rudd
DeputyStephen Smith
Preceded byTony Abbott
Succeeded byChristopher Pyne
54th Minister for Regional Development and Local Government
In office
3 December 2007 – 14 September 2010
Prime Minister
  • Kevin Rudd
  • Julia Gillard
Preceded byJim Lloyd
Succeeded bySimon Crean
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Grayndler
Assumed office
2 March 1996
Preceded byJeannette McHugh
Personal details
Born (1963-03-02) 2 March 1963 (age 61)
Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia
  • Australian
  • Italian
Political partyLabor (1996–present)
(m. 2000; sep. 2019)
Domestic partnerJodie Haydon (2021–present, engaged in 2024)
  • Carlo Albanese (Father)
  • Maryanne Ellery (Mother)
Alma materUniversity of Sydney (BEc)

Albanese was the 15th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and the 25th Deputy Leader of the Labor Party in 2013 under Kevin Rudd. He was a critic of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard leadership conflicts from 2010 to 2013 where Albanese sided with Rudd.[2] Albanese has described his political views as progressive.[3]

After Labor lost the 2013 election, Albanese ran against Bill Shorten in the leadership election. He lost to Shorten. After Labor was defeated in the 2019 election, he was the first to become a candidate for the leadership after Shorten resigned.[4] He was soon elected unopposed as leader on 30 May 2019 and later became the 34th Opposition Leader.[5]

In May 2022, the Labor Party won the most seats in the 2022 federal election with Albanese becoming the new prime minister.

Early life


Albanese was born on 2 March 1963 in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst.[6] He is the son of Carlo Albanese and Maryanne Ellery.[7][8][9] Growing up, Albanese was told that his father had died in a car accident; he did not meet his father, who was in fact still alive, until 2009. He later discovered that he had two half-siblings.[8]

Albanese graduated with a bachelor of economics from the University of Sydney where he was president of the communist party[source?]. After, Albanese became a research officer to Minister Tom Uren.[10] In 1995, became a senior adviser to New South Wales Premier Bob Carr.[6]

Deputy Prime Minister (2013)


In June 2013, when Kevin Rudd beat Julia Gillard in a final leadership election.[11][12] That same ballot saw Albanese elected by the caucus as Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, and the next day Albanese was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister.[13] He held this role until Labor's defeat at the 2013 election, and was replaced by Warren Truss on 18 September.[14][15]

Opposition leader (2019–2022)


When Bill Shorten announced his resignation as Leader of the Labor Party on 18 May 2019, after Labor's unexpected loss in the 2019 election, Albanese announced his candidacy of Labor Party leader.[16][17] Albanese became party leader on 30 May since no one else ran against him, with Richard Marles as his deputy.[18] Aged 56 when he took office, he is the oldest first-time Opposition Leader in 59 years.[19]

Prime Minister (2022–present)


Albanese led the Labor Party to victory at the 2022 federal election on 21 May, becoming prime minister–designate shortly afterwards.[20][21] Albanese is the first Italian-Australian prime minister in the country's history.[22] He is the fourth Labor leader to be appointed prime minister, directly after being the opposition leader, since World War II.[23] He was sworn-in as prime minister on 23 May 2022.[24]

On 30 June 2022, Albanese met with French president Emmanuel Macron in Paris to "reset" relations between France and Australia.[25][26] The next day, Albanese travelled to Ukraine to meet with president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, making him the first Australian prime minister to make a diplomatic visit to Ukraine.[27]

On 3 April 2024, Albanese announced that King Charles III had approved the appointment of Sam Mostyn as the next Governor-General of Australia.[28][29][30]

Personal life


In 2000, Albanese married Carmel Tebbutt, a future Deputy Premier of New South Wales.[31] They have one son.[32] Albanese and Tebbutt separated in January 2019.[33] In June 2020, it was reported that Albanese was in a new relationship,[34] with Jodie Haydon.[35] While some prime ministers divorced after leaving office, Albanese is the first divorced person to become prime minister.[36]

Albanese describes himself as "half-Italian and half-Irish".[37] "Albo" is a well known nickname for Albanese used by his supporters and media.[38]

Albanese was injured in a car crash while driving in Marrickville, New South Wales, on 8 January 2021 with serious injuries. The other driver was a 17-year-old who received a ticket for negligent driving.[39] Emergency workers told Albanese that if the teen's car had hit just 30 centimetres either side of where it did, he would have been killed.[40]

In April 2022, Albanese tested positive for COVID-19.[41]


  1. The pronunciation Albanese himself uses is /ˈælbənz/, as used for instance during his October 1996 speech before parliament on the Euthanasia Laws Bill 1996. An alternative sometimes used is /ˌælbəˈnzi/, but /ˈælbənz/ has been used since his childhood. Archived 20 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Albanese declares hand for Rudd". ABC News. 25 February 2012.
  3. Murphy, Katharine (27 July 2019). "Anthony Albanese on the progressive backlash: 'People are looking for easy answers'". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  4. Murphy, Katharine (19 May 2019). "Anthony Albanese kicks off Labor leadership race with call for policy shift". The Guardian.
  5. Martin, Sarah (2019-05-27). "Anthony Albanese elected unopposed as Labor leader". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Hon Anthony Albanese MP". Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  7. "Book Extract From Albanese: Telling It Straight By Karen Middleton". 21 August 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2022. This story appeared in the Weekend Australian Magazine, 20-21 August 2016.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Anthony Albanese's long-held family secret, ABC News, 23 August 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  9. The long way back, The Australian, August 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  10. "Anthony Albanese". The Power Index. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  11. "Rudd will stand for leadership ballot". Sky News Australia. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
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  15. "Ministry 18 September 2013 to 18 March 2014". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
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  17. Sweeney, Lucy; Belot, Henry; Marsh, Peter; Bilton, Dean (1 May 2019). "Live: Shorten concedes defeat, says he will step down as Labor leader". ABC News. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  18. "Anthony Albanese to become Labor's new leader unopposed following shock federal election loss". ABC. 27 May 2019.
  19. Carney, Shaun (26 May 2021). "Albanese may not inspire hope, but he knows how to hold on to leadership". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  20. Karvelas, Patricia (21 May 2022). "How Scott Morrison lost the election as Anthony Albanese triumphs in a sea of teal". ABC News. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  21. Mayes, Andrea (21 May 2022). "Election 2022: WA sees huge swing away from the Liberals, with Swan, Pearce, Hasluck lost". ABC News. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  22. Massola, James (2022-05-12). "'You can achieve anything in this country': Albanese on his Italian roots and modern Australia". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2022-05-21.
  23. "Australia election 2022: Scott Morrison to stand down as Liberal leader after conceding defeat; Labor hopeful of majority government – live update". the Guardian. 2022-05-21. Retrieved 2022-05-21.
  24. Worthington, Brett (22 May 2022). "With Anthony Albanese at the helm, Labor is projected to win 2022 federal election". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  25. Butler, Josh (23 June 2022). "Albanese to meet Macron in Paris for 'important reset' of Australia's relationship with France". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  26. Ikonomou, Tess (30 June 2022). "PM targets France after NATO Summit". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 30 June 2022.
  27. Harris, Rob (4 July 2022). "Albanese promises Zelensky new $100m aid package during Kyiv meeting". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 July 2022.
  28. Albanese, Anthony (3 April 2024). "Australia's new Governor-General" (Press release). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Archived from the original on 6 April 2024. Retrieved 4 April 2024.
  29. Fleming, Tessa (3 April 2024). "Anthony Albanese announces Samantha Mostyn as Australia's next governor-general". ABC News. Archived from the original on 3 April 2024. Retrieved 3 April 2024.
  30. "Sam Mostyn announced as next governor general of Australia". Australian Associated Press. 3 April 2024. Archived from the original on 3 April 2024. Retrieved 3 April 2024 – via The Guardian.
  31. Clennell, Andrew (24 May 2008). "The one that got away". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  32. "Albanese denies Tebbutt's leadership ambitions". ABC News. Australia. 17 May 2009.
  33. Wright, Shane (7 January 2019). "Anthony Albanese announces split from wife Carmel Tebbutt". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  34. "Albo's bachelor days seem to be over as he wines and dines new partner". The Daily Telegraph. June 2020. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  35. Fellner, Carrie (9 January 2021). "'Trying to control the pain': Anthony Albanese released from hospital after car crash". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 9 January 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  36. "Jodie Haydeon to be Australia's first unmarried first lady as Anthony Albanese becomes prime minister". Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  37. Albanese, Anthony (14 February 2006). "Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Repeal of Ministerial Responsibility for Approval of RU486) Bill 2005, Second Reading". Anthony Albanese. Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  38. "Albo produces citizenship goods". The Australian. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  39. "Anthony Albanese leaves hospital after car crash in Sydney". Guardian Australia. 9 January 2021. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  40. Tingle, Laura (30 January 2021). "Labor's problem with Anthony Albanese's leadership? The vibe of the thing". ABC News. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  41. "Labor leader Anthony Albanese tests positive for COVID-19". ABC News. 21 April 2022. Retrieved 21 April 2022.

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