'Secrets' of Anthony Albanese: Inside the personal life of Australia's newest Prime Minister who went from living in housing commission with his mum to taking out the nation's top job

Albanese brought the Labor party to victory for the first time in nine years The 59-year-old is the fourth Labor leader to win government since WW II He grew up in housing commission with a single mum on the disability pensionWas the result of a brief fling his mother Maryanne had with an Italian man Wife Carmel Tebbutt left him on New Year's Day in 2019 after 30 years' marriage

Anthony Albanese grew up in public housing as the son of s single mother who was a disability pensioner crippled with arthritis – but he had a long-held dream of running Australia.

On Saturday, he brought the Labor party to victory for the first time in nine years when he was elected as the nation’s 31st Prime Minister – snatching at least nine seats from the Scott Morrison’s Liberal Party.

It wasn’t a landslide win – Labor had 72 seats as of Sunday morning, four short of the 76 needed for a majority, but he is on track to pick up five more for a narrow majority.

Mr Albanese will very likely have to form government with Greens and ‘teal’ independents, but he didn’t let that stifle his mood during his post-win speech on Saturday night – the man was ecstatic.

‘I say to my fellow Australians, thank you for this extraordinary honour,’ he said at the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club, flanked by his partner Jodie Haydon and his son Nathan.

‘My Labor team will work every day to bring Australians together, and I will lead a government, worthy of the people of Australia.’

Anthony Albanese (pictured with Penny Wong, girlfriend Jodie and son Nathan) secured a historic election win on Saturday

Anthony Albanese (pictured with Penny Wong, girlfriend Jodie and son Nathan) secured a historic election win on Saturday

Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese (right) embraces his partner Jodie Haydon after winning the 2022 Federal Election

Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese (right) embraces his partner Jodie Haydon after winning the 2022 Federal Election

Anthony Albanese is pictured with his son, Nathan, and his mother Maryanne - just before she passed away in 2002

Anthony Albanese is pictured with his son, Nathan, and his mother Maryanne – just before she passed away in 2002

The 59-year-old said his mother Maryanne Ellery, who died in 2002, would be ‘beaming down on us’, and said he hoped that families living in public housing were watching.

‘Because I want every parent to be able to tell their child, no matter where you live or where you come from, in Australia the doors of opportunity open to us all,’ Mr Albanese said.

It was no coincidence that Paul Kelly’s ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ played as the new Prime Minister left the club at about 1am that evening.

Mr Albanese, best known as ‘Albo’, has been forthcoming about his humble beginnings since long before he became the leader of the Labor party following Bill Shorten’s loss to Scott Morrison in 2019.

Morrison even went as far as to call him a ‘great Australian’ who never forgets his roots during the final leaders’ debate last week – partly because he was asked to say something nice about his opponent, and partly because it’s undeniable.

Scott Morrison is pictured with his family during his concession speech on Saturday night

Scott Morrison is pictured with his family during his concession speech on Saturday night

Mr Albanese addressed a crowd of excited supporters outside the polling booth in Marrickville promising he would remain 'one of the people'

Mr Albanese addressed a crowd of excited supporters outside the polling booth in Marrickville promising he would remain ‘one of the people’

Mr Albanese proudly says he ‘came out of the womb with three great faiths – the Labor party, the Catholic Church and the South Sydney Rabbitohs’.

He credits his character and moral compass to his mother, who was determined to give him a better life than she had – despite living in a small housing commission unit in Camperdown, in Sydney’s inner-west.

Their flat was conveniently located opposite the hospital, which Maryanne visited frequently due to her 30-year battle with rheumatoid arthritis.

Everyday tasks, like opening jars and doors, were difficult for her – to the point where most of the knuckles in her hands were eventually replaced with prosthetics.

He was often on his own while Maryanne was hospital, so neighbours looked out for him and made sure he had hot meals to eat.

Mr Albanese also believed his father had been killed in a car accident until he was about 15 when his mother finally revealed he was the result of a fling with an Italian steward she met on a voyage from Sydney to England.

He met his father, Carlo, in Italy in 2009. Carlo died of cancer in 2014.

The devout Labor supporter was the first in his family to go to university – studying economics at the University of Sydney in the early ’80s, which he funded by juggling multiple part-time jobs.

After working for minister and Labor left luminary Tom Uren under Bob Hawke in the mid-1980s he spent six years as assistant general secretary of Labor’s NSW branch.

He arrived in Canberra in 1996 after he won the seat of Grayndler as John Howard rose to power – his key focus included social wage and childcare.

Mr Albanese is pictured with the late Labor legend Bob Hawke in 1986 shortly after he graduated university

Mr Albanese is pictured with the late Labor legend Bob Hawke in 1986 shortly after he graduated university

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

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

Mr Albanese held ministries in the Rudd and Gillard governments and was deputy prime minister during Kevin Rudd’s second turn. He has never been Treasurer of Finance Minister but has a record managing money in the Infrastructure portfolio.

In 2019, his wife of 19 years, Carmel Tebbutt – a former Deputy Premier of New South Wales – ended their 30-year relationship on New Year’s Day.

‘What I had to come to terms with was I needed to accept it rather than understand it,’ Mr Albanese previously told Daily Mail Australia.

‘And I did that. Real life is complex and things get thrown at you.’

Mr Albanese and Ms Tebbutt, who have a 21-year-old son, Nathan, talk regularly. She was also an active supporter of his during the election campaign.

He is in a new relationship with 43-year-old finance worker Jodie Haydon, who he met at a conference in Melbourne in March 2020.

Mr Albanese's his wife of 19 years, Carmel Tebbutt, left him on New Year's Day in 2019. They had been together 30 years (pictured together in 2018)

Mr Albanese’s his wife of 19 years, Carmel Tebbutt, left him on New Year’s Day in 2019. They had been together 30 years (pictured together in 2018)

Ms Tebbutt was out campaigning for Mr Albanese's Labor Party on election day (pictured)

Ms Tebbutt was out campaigning for Mr Albanese’s Labor Party on election day (pictured)

However, his life took a turn in January 2021 when he suffered serious injuries after a  four-wheel drive driven by a 17-year-old P-plater ploughed into his Toyota Camry at Marrickville, not far from his home.

‘When you have a head-on car accident and there’s a Range Rover coming for you full bore and you survive you think about your health,’ he said.

Mr Albanese slimmed down through ‘commitment and discipline’. ‘It’s not easy in your late 50s to lose 20 kilos but I’ve done it.’

‘It’s just a matter of being sensible and really health-conscious and I’ve got to say I have so much more energy. It’s put a spring in my step.’

Last year’s car accident had a more profound effect on Mr Albanese. ‘At the point where the car was heading towards me, I thought, “Ah well, this is how it ends”,’ he said.

His near-death experience only spurred him on – he developed a hunger to be the Prime Minister, and took to the campaign trail in 2022 with gusto.

Mr Albanese is pictured campaigning with partner Jodie Haydon. The couple have been together since 2020

Mr Albanese is pictured campaigning with partner Jodie Haydon. The couple have been together since 2020

Mr Albanese was ridiculed for failing to remember the nation’s unemployment figures and for not being able to name the official interest rate, but he owned his mistakes.

‘When I have made an error I put my hand up,’ he said. ‘I’m human. That can happen.’

‘What people want from their leaders is people who’ll have a crack, aim to do better for them. What they want is someone who’s committed to change and making a difference in their lives and that’s me,’ he said.

‘It is the prime minister’s job to look after people, to take responsibility.’

Mr Albanese paid tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister on Saturday night: ‘Scott very graciously wished me well, and I think him for that, and I wish him well.

‘And I thank him for the service he has given to our country as Prime Minister. I would like to thank Jenny Morrison and their two daughters for their contribution and sacrifice as well.’

Outlining his priorities for the next three years, Mr Albanese said: ‘Together we can end the climate wars.

‘Together we can take advantage of the opportunity for Australia to be a renewable energy superpower.

Mr Albanese held ministries in the Rudd and Gillard governments and was deputy prime minister during Kevin Rudd's second turn

Mr Albanese held ministries in the Rudd and Gillard governments and was deputy prime minister during Kevin Rudd’s second turn

‘Together we can work in common interests with business and unions to drive productivity, lift wages and profits.

‘I want an economy that works for people, not the other way around.

‘Together we can strengthen universal healthcare through Medicare. We can protect universal superannuation.

‘And we can write universal childcare into that proud tradition.’

The Labor leader also vowed to implement a national anti-corruption commission after his party won from Opposition for only the fourth time since World War II.

His first task will be a Quad security meeting with Japan, the US and India on Tuesday in Tokyo.

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