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Read incoming Prime Minister Anthony Albanian’s full speech after Labor wins federal election

Anthony Albanian is about to become Australia’s 31st Prime Minister, and Labor will form a government.

Speaking to his supporters at the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club in Sydney, Mr. Albanian pledged to bring Australians together and said he would lead a government “worthy of the people of Australia”.

“I begin by acknowledging the traditional land owners on which we meet. I pay my respects to their past, present, and emerging elders. And on behalf of the Australian Labor Party, I fully commit to the Uluru Declaration.

“And I say to my fellow Australians, thank you for this extraordinary honor. I am humbled by this victory and honored to have the opportunity to serve as Australia’s 31st Prime Minister. Tonight the Australian people voted for change.

“My Labor team will work every day to bring Australians together. And I will lead a government worthy of the people of Australia. A government that is as brave, hardworking, and caring as the Australian people themselves are.

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“Earlier tonight, Scott Morrison called me to congratulate myself and the Labor Party on our election victory.

“Scott very kindly wished me the best. And I thanked him for that, and I wish him the best. And I thank him for his service to our country as Prime Minister.

“I also want to thank Jenny Morrison and their two daughters for their contribution and sacrifice.

“My fellow Australians, it says a lot about our wonderful country that a son of a single mother who was a disabled retiree, who grew up in social housing further down Camperdown, can stand before you tonight as Prime Minister of Australia.

“Every parent wants more for the next generation than they had. My mother dreamed of a better life for me. And I hope my journey in life inspires Australians to reach for the stars.

“I want Australia to remain a country that no matter where you live, who you adore, who you love, or what your last name is, puts no restrictions on your journey in life. My fellow Australians, I think I have the name already. I think they have it.

“At the beginning of the campaign, they said people didn’t know me, but I think they do.

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“During this campaign, I have put forward a positive, clear plan for a better future for our country. And I have shared the two principles that will be part of the government I lead.

“No one was left behind because we must always care for the underprivileged and the vulnerable. But no one held back either because we must always support ambition and opportunity. That is what my government will do.

“That’s the thing, but it’s just as important because I want to unite Australians.

“I want to pursue our common goal and promote unity and not fear and — optimism, not fear and division. It’s what I’ve been trying to do all my political life. And what I’m going to bring to our country’s leadership is a show of strength to collaborate and work with people, not weakness.

“I want to find that common ground to plant our dreams together. To unite around our shared love for this country, our shared belief in Australia’s future, our shared values ​​of fairness and opportunity, and our hard work and kindness for people in need.

“And I can promise all Australians this – no matter how you voted today, the government I lead will respect you daily. And I will try to get your vote next time.

“We are the greatest country on Earth. But we can have an even better future if we seize the opportunities—the chance to shape change instead of being shaped by it. And we can shape change more effectively as we try to get to know you people on that transformation journey.

“Together, we ca,n end climate wars. Together we can capitalize on Australia’s opportunity to be a renewable energy superpower. We can work in common interests with businesses and unions to boost productivity and raise wages and profits.

“I want an economy that works for people, not the other way around. Together, as a country, we can say that if the Fair Work Commission doesn’t lower the wages of minimum-age workers, we can all say that we are absolutely happy. Together we can strengthen universal health care through Medicare.

“We can protect the universal pension. And we can write about universal childcare in that proud tradition. Together we can solve the crisis in aged care. Together we can make equal opportunities for women a national economic and social priority. Together we can and will a National Anti-Corruption Commission, we can be a self-reliant, resilient nation, confident in our values ​​and our place in the world, and together we can embrace the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

“We can answer his patient, gracious call for a voice enshrined in our constitution because we should all be proud that in our great multicultural society, we have the oldest living continuous culture in the world. And I recognize the following Australian Secretary of State for Native Affairs, Linda Burney, who is here.

“My fellow Australians, no one comes here alone. And I would not be standing here tonight without so many people’s support, hard work, and faith in my Parliamentary team, including my deputy, Richard Marles, my Senate leader, Penny Wong, and My amazing economics team, led by Jim Chalmers and Katy Gallagher.

“Arrangements were made on Monday morning to have these people sworn in as members of my team. To enable Penny and me to attend the important Quad leadership meeting in Tokyo with President Biden, Prime Minister Kishida, and Prime Minister Modi. And I want that the leaders of the economic team will also go to work on Monday morning.

“I wanted to thank my shadow ministry and my wonderful caucus members, including the people who are here tonight at this joint function in the corner of our seats, including Tony Burke, who is here. I want to thank all our Labor candidates. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard for this win.

“We stand on your shoulders; most ordinary members of the Labor Party will never ask for anything. They knock on doors, they call, and they work so hard. They hand out how to vote. They push the Labor cause to the local P&C, the local kids’ football, and the local korfball when they’re shopping at the supermarket and talking to their neighbors.

“I thank all the true believers of the Australian Labor Party.

“And I am proud to thank the members of the powerful trade union movement.

“I want to thank my campaign director, our wonderful national secretary, Paul Erickson, and his team. My first campaign manager led my staff in 1996. And the electorate office hasn’t seen much of me, looking after this electorate conducted by Helen Rogers. Thank you very much.

“But for all those people – and I’m not going to name them because there are too many – there are many people who believed in me and supported me for decades in this amazing movement to be where I am today. You know who you are, and I know who you are, and I thank you.

“I said I’ve been underestimated all my life during the campaign. Now that all that is true, I’ve also been lifted by others who saw something in me and encouraged me on this journey in life.

“And I promised the Australian people here tonight; I’m not here to take up space but to make a positive difference every day.

“And to the amazingly diverse people of Grayndler. All politics is local. And in 1996, several people wrote off the odds that Labor would keep that seat. And I want to thank you for putting your trust in me. It is an absolute honor to be your voice in our national parliament. This is my 10th election.

“To my partner, Jodie, thank you for coming into my life and sharing this journey.

“And to my proudest achievement, my son, Nathan. Thank you, mate, for your love and support. Your mother, Carmel, who is here tonight, we are both so proud of the caring, wonderful, smart young man you have become. I love you, Nathan.

“To my mother, who is beaming down on us. Thank you. And I hope that tonight social housing families are looking at this because I want every parent to be able to tell their child wherever they live or where olive m, in Australia, the doors of opportunity open to all of us.

“And like any Labor government, we will widen that door slightly more. Friends, we made history tonight. And tomorwe willwill start building a better future together. A brighter future for all Australians. Thank you very much.”

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