The Fifth Estate: Straight Talk with Anthony Albanese
Anthony Albanese has said that his mother raised him in three great faiths: the Catholic Church, the South Sydney Football Club and the Australian Labor Party.
Despite these solid foundations, there was a missing piece to the puzzle of Albanese’s identity. His mother, Maryanne, raised him as a single parent and as the new book, Albanese: Telling It Straight by political journalist Karen Middleton details, Albanese did not meet his father until he was almost 50.
In the intervening years, the boy from working-class Sydney had risen to the top of Australian federal politics. The three great faiths – and the struggles of his early life – have left an indelible impression on Albanese as a politician. Principles of social justice and a commitment to progressive policy guided Albanese as a senior minister, and ultimately Deputy Prime Minister, in the tumultuous Rudd/Gillard era. He’s emerged from that bruising period of Labor history as one of the party’s most popular figures.
In a revealing conversation with Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft, Anthony Albanese reflects on family, foundations and the political future.
Anthony Albanese was re-elected the Member for Grayndler at the July 2016 election and is currently the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development and the Shadow Minister for Tourism.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.