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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.

Hosted by Sally Warhaft, join Anthony Albanese for a conversation about family, foundations and the political future.

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Anthony Albanese

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.

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Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. 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.

The Fifth Estate

Our long-running current affairs series, The Fifth Estate, is a mainstay of the Wheeler Centre programme. With our in-house news anchor Sally Warhaft at the helm, it's a series of in-depth conversations with guests from the world of politics, culture, journalism and international relations. It's free, it's fortnightly and it's rigorous long-form interviewing at its best.

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