‘You can achieve anything in this country’: Albanese on his Italian roots and modern Australia

Labor leader Anthony Albanese says the fact that he could become the first non-Anglo-Celtic prime minister in Australian history sends a clear message that “you can achieve anything in this country”.

Sydney Morning Herald and Age Albanese asked on Thursday if he had considered what it would mean for Australia’s multicultural societies to have an Italian-Australian prime minister, and the first Muslim member of a federal cabinet in Ed Husic.

Anthony Albanese and his spokesman for industry and innovation, Ed Husic. “Modern Australia is made up of people called Husic and Albanese,” said the Labor leader.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

“I absolutely have it [thought about it]. And I’m encouraged by the response I get [had]especially from Italian society, ”said Albanese, adding that he would be at the Marconi Club in western Sydney next Wednesday.

“There are members of the Italian community who tell me that they will vote for Labor for the first time in their lives because they want an Australia that reflects modern Australia.”

There are about 1 million Australians of Italian descent and about 1 million Australians of Muslim faith.


Albanians often talk about growing up in public housing in inner-city Sydney with their mother Maryanne. He grew up believing that his father had died shortly after meeting his mother on a European cruise but later discovered that Carlo Albanese lived and worked in Italy. Out of respect for his mother, he did not track down Carlo until after her death, but was then welcomed into his life and found that he had a half-brother and half-sister, according to cinema Karen Middleton.

“Modern Australia is made up of people named Husic and Albanese. But it is also made up of people who [Senator Murray] Watt too [Labor candidate] Matt [Burnett]”, Albanese said on Thursday.

“We are a diverse country, and the fact that I have a non-Anglo-Celtic name and so does our Senate leader. [Penny Wong] I also think it sends a message out there hopefully to the multicultural Australia that you can achieve anything in this country. “

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