SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (AP) — On Sunday, Australians woke up to the new prime minister of centre-left Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese. He said he was raised in social housing by his single mother on a disability pension, which made him the highest position in the country. It reflects the changed structure of the country today.
The 59-year-old professional politician, who introduced himself as the only candidate with a “non-Anglo-Celtic name” to run for Prime Minister for 121 years, noted that he grew up modestly inside Sydney. In the suburbs of Camperdown, he thanked the electoral college for making him the 31st leader.
Albanese told her cheering supporters, “It says a lot about our great country that the son of a single mother who grew up in a public housing in Camperdown, a single mother, can stand before you as Prime Minister of Australia tonight.” ousting Scott Morrison to end nine years of conservative rule.
“All parents want more for the next generation than they have. My mother dreamed of a better life. And I hope that the journey of my life will inspire Australians to reach for the stars,” she said.
However, it remains unclear whether Albania’s parties can form a majority government or whether they will have to rely on the increase in independent and minority lawmakers who won seats in Saturday’s elections. Modern Australia.
An Albanian may need to be appointed as acting prime minister as early as Sunday to attend the fourth summit in Tokyo with US President Joe Biden, with the vote counting expected to continue for several days as the mail-in ballot is counted. , Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India.
The election delivered a clear rebuke of Australia’s traditional two-party system, both for Labor and for the heavily defeated Conservative coalition led by Prime Minister Morrison of the outgoing Liberals. Major parties cast their votes for neighboring parties and independents, including many seats considered as strongholds for Labor or a coalition government.
The House of Representatives needed 76 seats, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp, but Labor won 72 seats on Sunday morning and won 66.3% of the vote.
The Liberal-People’s Coalition secured 50 in the 2019 poll, a sharp drop from 76. Analysts said Morrison and his team vehemently refused to address many of the issues during their three-year tenure, including climate and COVID-19. 19, women’s rights, political integrity, and natural disasters such as wildfires and floods.
A total of 15 seats were declared for independent or minority party candidates. Of these, three are from the environmental-focused Green Party, 12 are non-aligned politicians, and up to nine are turquoise independents.
In the new wave of Australian politics, turquoise independents are marketed as more shades of green than the Liberals’ traditional blue and want stronger government action to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions than the government or Labor is proposing.
Most of their successful candidates are women, and their success is in part attributed to Morrison’s denial of dealing with sexual issues, including the sex scandal that has rocked Congress during her most recent three-year tenure.
Although Labor will form a majority or minority government, both major parties have lost support, dropping support for the coalition government by more than 6% in the 2019 elections, with Labor’s approval rating dropping about 1.2% as of Sunday morning.
The Albanians have pledged to “end the climate war” by bringing Australians into a unified government, increasing investment in social services.
“My labor team will work every day to bring Australians together. And I will lead a government worthy of the Australian people.”
Albanise, who said in a 2016 interview that he had tracked down his biological father in Italy in 2009, four years before his death, said that he and the new government’s Senate Majority Leader Penny Wong of Chinese ancestry’s surnames reflect their modern and multicultural nature. Culture Australia.
“I think it’s good… It’s good that someone with a non-Anglo-Celtic surname is the leader of the House of Representatives and someone with a surname like Wong is the leader of government in the Senate,” he said.
With time running fast ahead of Tuesday’s fourth summit, Australian National University constitutional expert Donald Roswell predicted at a Tokyo meeting that an Albanian could take over as acting prime minister.
Rothwell said the Australian governor-general, representing Australia’s ultimate head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, would not be ready to swear in Albanian given that Labor has yet to secure a solid majority.
“My view is that the governor will be prepared to swear ‘acting governor’ in Albanian until the results are much clearer,” Rothwell said in a press release.
Labor has promised more financial aid and a stronger social safety net as Australia grapples with inflation and soaring house prices since 2001.
The party also plans to raise the minimum wage and proposes establishing a Pacific Defense School to train surrounding troops in response to a possible Chinese presence in the Solomon Islands, which is on Australia’s doorstep in terms of foreign policy.
It also aims to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 43% by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
Morrison, who became prime minister after an internal party coup in 2018, said he would step down as leader of the Liberal Party. His popularity declined dramatically after vacationing in Hawaii during Australia’s raging wildfires in the summer of 2019-20 and more recently after winning the surprising 2019 elections as the Solomon Islands forged a strategic alliance with China.
Nevertheless, the former tourism marketing executive took a rebellious tone as he admitted defeat.
“We are handing over this country to a government that is in a stronger position than it was when it was taken over by the government (2013),” Morrison said at a meeting of Liberal supporters in Sydney.