Anthony Albanese has served the Inner West as Member for Grayndler since 1996, and now he wants to serve this community as Prime Minister and continue leading on the issues that matter.
Anthony Albanese, or ‘Albo’ as his supporters lovingly call him, is an inner westie through and through. He chose Balmain’s Unity Hall Hotel, the birthplace of the New South Wales Labor Party, to announce his candidacy for the Leader of the Australian Labor Party. Balmain’s history is grounded in the trade union movement and its industrial roots, and Anthony has always been proud to represent Balmain Rozelle and uphold its Labor history.
A key priority for Anthony since becoming leader of the Australian Labor Party has been the battle to preserve public ownership of the Sydney Harbour Trust which he successfully achieved in the Parliament last year. After more than 12 months of negotiation with the Morrison Government, a significant amendment to environmental legislation was unanimously supported in the House of Representatives. This was a massive win for the people of Sydney, particularly the people on the peninsula.
Anthony’s mentor and longterm Balmain resident Tom Uren was a patron of the original Defenders of Sydney Harbour Foreshores and instrumental in protecting the harbour. As Tom put it, “It really belongs to the people not only of Mosman or of Sydney but the nation as a whole.” Anthony first spoke on this Bill in 2001, noting that the great thing about Sydney Harbour and the foreshore isn’t just their beauty, but their accessibility to the community. As Member for Grayndler, Anthony will ensure the lands are protected and he’s proud of the bipartisan work that achieved these results.
“To kickstart the economy post pandemic and create job security, Labor is investing in new and growing industries like renewables, pharmaceuticals, advancement manufacturing and the care economy.”
Tom’s commitment to fighting for social justice, civil liberties and the environment was honoured by the dedication of the Tom Uren Walking Trail in 2016, running from Balmain East to Propeller Park, near to where Anthony’s friend and father-figure Tom Uren lived. Speaking at the launch Anthony said, “He would love it. His legacy in fighting for public spaces is so important.”
With an election looming, Anthony is on the campaign trail. Among Labor’s commitments is the implementation of an ambitious, yet achievable plan to combat climate change. The share of renewables in the National Electricity Market will increase to 82% by 2030, keeping us on track for net zero by 2050. Labor’s ambition is to turn Australia into a renewable energy superpower by investing in the industries the world is demanding. The country’s abundant natural resources will be used to build and export batteries, solar panels and wind turbines, fuelling a new manufacturing boom.
The rise of the gig economy has seen a sharp increase in casual, unreliable employment. Secure, well-paid work is an unshakeable principle for Anthony and Labor. To kickstart the economy post pandemic and create job security, Labor is investing in new and growing industries like renewables, pharmaceuticals, advancement manufacturing and the care economy. Young people will be supported through apprenticeships, the funding of 465,000 free TAFE places and an additional 20,000 university places.
Whether he makes it all the way to The Lodge or not, Anthony will continue to protect the heritage and history of Balmain and Rozelle, from the Dawn Fraser Baths to the iconic Unity Hall Hotel.
Democracy sausage sizzles!
Election Day is a great excuse to support our local schools and businesses. Most local schools offer sausage sizzles and cake stalls including:
• Orange Grove Public School
• Rozelle Public School
• Birchgrove Public School
• Balmain Public School
• Nicholson Street Public School