3.9k Share this

Anthony Albanese endured an awkward encounter with a voter who refused to back him for PM in last night’s 60 Minutes. 

The Labor leader was chatting to voters in Launceston, Tasmania alongside Karl Stefanovic when he received a frosty reception from one local.

Host Karl Stefanovic asked the woman: ‘What do you think of the election coming up?’

Mr Albanese joked ‘I’m right here’ but the woman simply replied ‘no comment’.

‘People are brutal aren’t they on the road. What’s wrong with Albo,’ said Stefanovic.

The woman said: ‘He’s looking good, yeah. Lost weight’ in reference to Mr Albanese’s 18kg weight loss.

But then there was an awkward silence before Mr Albanese broke the ice by saying ‘good on ya’.   

It comes as Liberals remain confident of winning the election despite lagging in the polls – because Mr Albanese is relatively unknown. 

Trade Minister Dan Tehan said most people in his regional seat of Wannon in south-west Victoria have barely even heard of the Labor leader.

‘The Leader of the Opposition is a complete unknown out amongst the general populous, and not many people know much about him,’ he told the ABC on Monday morning.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny visit the flood affected property of Darren Vaughan and Chloe Konispoliatis at McGraths Hill in Sydney on Saturday

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny visit the flood affected property of Darren Vaughan and Chloe Konispoliatis at McGraths Hill in Sydney on Saturday

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny visit the flood affected property of Darren Vaughan and Chloe Konispoliatis at McGraths Hill in Sydney on Saturday

Mr Tehan said voters won’t want to risk a change of Government when the economic recovery from Covid is fragile and Australia faces the threat of an increasingly assertive China.

‘They begin to realise that given everything we’re dealing with that he’s got no background when it comes to national security, no background when it comes to the economy, and he’s been in parliament for 20 years,’ he said of Mr Albanese.

‘They’re going to be beginning to ask themselves do we want to risk that with the next three years given everything that we’re dealing with.’

Mr Tehan’s comments came after Labor maintained a 10-point lead over the Coalition on a two-party basis in Sunday’s Newspoll – but experts say this gap will tighten.

Mr Albanese also drew level with Mr Morrison as preferred prime minister for the first time in more than two years.  

With the election due in May, the Labor leader needs to win eight seats to form a majority government.

Trade Minister Dan Tehan (second left watching the Australian Open) said most people in his regional seat of Wannon in south-west Victoria have barely even heard of the Labor leader

Trade Minister Dan Tehan (second left watching the Australian Open) said most people in his regional seat of Wannon in south-west Victoria have barely even heard of the Labor leader

Trade Minister Dan Tehan (second left watching the Australian Open) said most people in his regional seat of Wannon in south-west Victoria have barely even heard of the Labor leader

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese alongside State Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin on Friday to view flood damage

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese alongside State Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin on Friday to view flood damage

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese alongside State Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin on Friday to view flood damage

But Mr Morrison is a seasoned campaigner who will be relentlessly touring the country for the next two months trying to pick up votes. 

Also in the programme, the Labor leader spoke at length about his ‘new look’ after dramatically transforming his physique by giving up alcohol for three months and cutting out carbs – all in the hope of being ‘match fit’ for the upcoming federal election battle. 

During the segment the 59-year-old was grilled on his opinion of Mr Morrison.

When asked if he thought the Prime Minister is a ‘liar’, he responded saying: ‘Scott Morrison’s got an issue with the truth.

‘He has said things to me that are simply untrue. He stood up in parliament. Why he did it is beyond me … and said that he texted me about where he was going when he went to Hawaii. That’s not true.’  

Anthony Albanese has given a brutally honest interview where he revealed what he really thinks of Scott Morrison

Anthony Albanese has given a brutally honest interview where he revealed what he really thinks of Scott Morrison

Anthony Albanese has given a brutally honest interview where he revealed what he really thinks of Scott Morrison

Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese and partner Jodie Haydon at the National Press Club in Canberra

Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese and partner Jodie Haydon at the National Press Club in Canberra

Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese and partner Jodie Haydon at the National Press Club in Canberra

He said Australians had become ‘more cynical’ about the Liberal Party after enduring a pandemic, natural disasters and political scandals. 

‘You look at even the photo ops this time, whether it’s the shampooing hair or … dare I say it, the ukulele playing … the welding without lifting up the mask before you weld … people look at it and go, ah, that’s not really his job,’ he said. 

During an interview with 60 Minutes’ last month, Mr Morrison showed off his musical skills by playing the ukulele at the dinner table. 

The scene saw a tonne of backlash on social media, with many labelling it ‘awkward’ and ‘cringe’.

When asked if he thought the Prime Minister is a 'liar', he responded saying: 'Scott Morrison's got an issue with the truth'

When asked if he thought the Prime Minister is a 'liar', he responded saying: 'Scott Morrison's got an issue with the truth'

When asked if he thought the Prime Minister is a ‘liar’, he responded saying: ‘Scott Morrison’s got an issue with the truth’

The pair met in early 2020 at a conference in Melbourne where Mr Albanese was speaking (pictured: Jodie Haynon and Anthony Albanese)

The pair met in early 2020 at a conference in Melbourne where Mr Albanese was speaking (pictured: Jodie Haynon and Anthony Albanese)

The pair met in early 2020 at a conference in Melbourne where Mr Albanese was speaking (pictured: Jodie Haynon and Anthony Albanese)

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (top) speaks to Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (top) speaks to Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (top) speaks to Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra

Mr Albanese also got personal as he opened up about his marriage break down with ex-wife Carmel Tebbutt.

The father-of-one split from his wife in 2019 after 19 years of marriage and 30 years together.

Mr Albanese shared how the break-up happened ‘out of the blue’, reavealling the hardest part for him was accepting it was over. 

‘I didn’t see it as ending. We’d spent Christmas together, I thought we would end our life together. That was the vision that I had.’ 

Anthony Albanese met his father Carlo when he was 46, he travelled to Italy to meet him after beleving he died before he was born (Pictured: Anthony Albanese with his father and his family)

Anthony Albanese met his father Carlo when he was 46, he travelled to Italy to meet him after beleving he died before he was born (Pictured: Anthony Albanese with his father and his family)

Anthony Albanese met his father Carlo when he was 46, he travelled to Italy to meet him after beleving he died before he was born (Pictured: Anthony Albanese with his father and his family)

The Labor leader is pictured in 1986 at Labor's National Youth Conference in Hobart when he was 23

The Labor leader is pictured in 1986 at Labor's National Youth Conference in Hobart when he was 23

The Labor leader is pictured in 1986 at Labor’s National Youth Conference in Hobart when he was 23

Mr Albanese is pictured as a young man in Sydney. He became a federal MP in 1996 aged 33

Mr Albanese is pictured as a young man in Sydney. He became a federal MP in 1996 aged 33

Mr Albanese is pictured as a young man in Sydney. He became a federal MP in 1996 aged 33

He has since found new love in girlfriend Jodie Haydon but was reluctant to share whether they were in love just yet. 

‘That’s something not for you, Karl. That’s something between me and Jodie.’

The pair met in early 2020 at a conference in Melbourne where Mr Albanese was speaking.

The Opposition leader asked the crowd if there were any fellow South Sydney fans present and finance worker Ms Haydon, who lives in his Grayndler electorate, shouted: ‘Up the Rabbitohs’.

As a child, Mr Albanese was told by his mother about how his father died in a car crash after they had met overseas and wed (Pictured: Anthony Albanese and his mum Maryanne Therese Albanese)

As a child, Mr Albanese was told by his mother about how his father died in a car crash after they had met overseas and wed (Pictured: Anthony Albanese and his mum Maryanne Therese Albanese)

As a child, Mr Albanese was told by his mother about how his father died in a car crash after they had met overseas and wed (Pictured: Anthony Albanese and his mum Maryanne Therese Albanese)

It wasn't until he was about 15 that his mother Maryanne Ellery, who'd raised him by herself in public housing, revealed the truth to him (Pictured: Anthony Albanese and his mother Maryanne Ellery)

It wasn't until he was about 15 that his mother Maryanne Ellery, who'd raised him by herself in public housing, revealed the truth to him (Pictured: Anthony Albanese and his mother Maryanne Ellery)

It wasn’t until he was about 15 that his mother Maryanne Ellery, who’d raised him by herself in public housing, revealed the truth to him (Pictured: Anthony Albanese and his mother Maryanne Ellery)

He later introduced himself and they decided to go for a drink when they were back in Sydney.

Who is Anthony Albanese? 

  • Raised in housing commission in Camperdown, inner-west Sydney by a single mum 
  • Became Labor MP for Grayndler in 1996 
  • He’s a Bunnies life member and loves NRL 
  • Served as infrastructure minister in Kevin Rudd’s government
  • Became Labor leader after union-darling Bill Shorten lost 2019 election 
  • A long-term anti-nuclear campaigner, but has supported Australia getting nuclear-powered submarines
  • Has an adult son with ex-wife Carmel Tebbutt. They split in 2019 after 30 years
<!—->

Advertisement

Despite appearing in Women’s Weekly together, Mr Albanese said he was ‘protective’ of their relationship. 

‘I’m the one running for public office,’ he said.

‘Jodie has to put up with…if we’re out having dinner, put up with people coming up and photos and all of that. But it’s part of the deal, it’s part of who I am.’

During the interview Mr Albanese also gave insight into the family lie that shaped his childhood, sharing how his mother had lied to him about his father being dead. 

His mother Maryanne Ellery claimed his father died in a car crash after they had met overseas and wed.

It wasn’t until he was about 15 that his mother, who’d raised him by herself in public housing, revealed that the pair were never married and he was actually alive and living in Italy. 

It was several decades later, after his mother died, that he decided to seek out his father.

After battling to track him, he finally met his father Carlo Albanese in an Italian town called Barletta. 

Mr Albanese discovered he had a brother and sister and was stunned by the reception, given his father already had a family.

He returned several times with his family to visit Carlo, but he fell ill and died in January 2014.

In their final conversation together, Carlo told his son he was happy they had finally met.

The interview comes as the federal election due to be called soon after the budget is handed down in two weeks.

Anthony Albanese's mother, Maryanne Ellery, (pictured) adopted the name Albanese and raised him alone in public housing in Sydney

Anthony Albanese's mother, Maryanne Ellery, (pictured) adopted the name Albanese and raised him alone in public housing in Sydney

Anthony Albanese’s mother, Maryanne Ellery, (pictured) adopted the name Albanese and raised him alone in public housing in Sydney

A photo from the ship the Fairsky, aboard which Anthony Albanese's parents Carlo Albanese (top left) and Maryanne Ellery (bottom right) met during a trip between Sydney and London

A photo from the ship the Fairsky, aboard which Anthony Albanese's parents Carlo Albanese (top left) and Maryanne Ellery (bottom right) met during a trip between Sydney and London

A photo from the ship the Fairsky, aboard which Anthony Albanese’s parents Carlo Albanese (top left) and Maryanne Ellery (bottom right) met during a trip between Sydney and London

Source: DailyMail

3.9k Share this
You May Also Like

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake felt in the Northern Territory from Timor Leste

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has been felt by people in the Northern…

WAPO Editor Says AR-15, Designed in Mid-1950s, Was Invented for Nazis

Washington Post senior editor Marc Fisher tweeted on Thursday that the AR-15…

Highest Recorded Percentage Say Their Financial Situation Is Worsening Under Biden

Most voters say their financial situation is worsening under President Joe Biden,…

Britons prepare for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and mark her 70 years on the throne

Enthusiastic Brits are already getting ready to celebrate the Queen‘s Platinum Jubilee…

Nearly 4-in-5 Republicans in Georgia’s Trump Country Want Legal Immigration Dramatically Reduced

Almost four out of five Republican primary voters in Coweta County, Georgia, said…

Russia strengthens army, fast tracks passports for occupied Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin has issued an order to fast track Russian citizenship…

Andy Carroll ‘passed out in bed between TWO blonde bombshells during his raucous Dubai stag-do’

Ex-England footballer Andy Carroll spent the night with not one, but two…

STEPHEN GLOVER: Will Boris Johnson recover from being a Covid Roundhead

Britain divides three ways over Boris Johnson. There are the Boris-haters who…