Anthony Albanese has been elected as the new Prime Minister of Australia.
Mr Albanese, 59, beat Scott Morrison on Saturday, putting an end to nearly 10 years of right-wing coalition governments in Australia.
Who is Anthony Albanese?
Mr Albanese – known as Albo – was born to a single mother in council housing in Sydney.
He was the first person in his family to finish school and went on to graduate from the University of Sydney, where he studied economics.
In 1996 he was elected to Australia’s Federal Parliament as the member for Grayndler, the community that he grew up in.
He went on to become Labor’s shadow minister for the environment, and Australia’s first federal infrastructure minister.
In 2013 he was made deputy prime minister in the government of Kevin Rudd, and he became leader of the Australian Labor Party in 2019.
He has gained a reputation as an advocate for indigenous Australians, people on low incomes, the LGBT+ community and people with disabilities.
Mr Albanese credits his late mother Maryanne for his rise through the politics. He said: “Mum’s aspiration was that my life would turn out better than hers.”
Today Mr Albanese lives 20 minutes from her former home. He has a 21-year-old son named Nathan.
What are his key policies?
Mr Albanese has promised to strengthen the medicare programme, enabling Australians easier access to medical care, and to reduce the cost of childcare so families are better off.
He has also pledged to create secure local jobs with better pay and conditions and to rebuild Australia’s manufacturing industry.
Mr Albanese has also made renewable energy and climate change key issues throughout his campaign.
He says his Government will protect the Great Barrier Reef from the effects of climate change, and work with Indigenous Australian communities to safeguard Australia’s wildlife.
Reducing emissions and boosting renewable energy capacity is at the core of Mr Albanese’s plan to power Australia.
He told the BBC’s Shaimaa Khalil shortly after his election victory: “We have an opportunity now to end the climate wars in Australia.
“Australian businesses know that good action on climate change is good for jobs and good for our economy, and I want to join the global effort.”
What could his leadership mean for the climate crisis?
Mr Albanese has vowed to adopt more ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
He wants to cut Australia’s emissions by 43 per cent by 2030 and ensure his government achieves its commitment to achieving net zero by 2050.
The new premier also plans to upgrade the electricity grid, reduce the cost of electric vehicles and invest significantly in renewable energy projects.
In his victory speech, he said: “Together we can take advantage of the opportunity for Australia to be a renewable energy superpower.”
How could his agenda impact the UK?
The free trade agreement and Aukus defence partnership are just two examples of the UK’s close relationship with Australia.
Boris Johnson highlighted these and “the unmatched closeness between the British and Australian people” in his public message of congratulations to Mr Albanese.
A UK Government source told The Express that Mr Albanese’s win is not a cause for concern when it comes to Britain’s post-Brexit deal with Australia.
His victory may advance the republican cause in the country. He has previously backed calls for the Queen to be removed as the country’s head of state, and had planned to hold a referendum on the monarchy.
However, his victory speech outlined his primary constitutional focus was to embrace the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which calls for First Nations representation to be enshrined in the constitution.
Is Albanese’s election victory good news for Keir Starmer?
Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the UK Labour Party, is among the high-profile politicians who have congratulated Mr Albanese on his election victory.
He tweeted: “A positive campaign by Australian Labor ends almost a decade of stale Conservative rule.”
Mr Albanese’s success in becoming the first Australian Labor prime minister in nine years could give hope to UK Labour, which has been out of Government for more than a decade.
Mr Albanese’s victory also comes after Boris Johnson hired Sir Lynton Crosby – the Australian political guru who helped him secure victory in his first London mayoral election in 2008 – to provide him with strategic advice.