PHOTO: Anthony Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon
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Anthony Albanese has gone from his mother’s humble council house to the lavish Lodge in Canberra after being elected to Australia’s top job.
Despite his dramatic postcode change, on the inner-Sydney streets, Mr Albanese is still considered ‘one of us’ by housing commission locals.
‘Coming from housing commission, Albo will know how f***ing hard it is,’ local Vince Morgan told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It might help him govern, especially coming from where we come from.
‘He might be different from every other pollie, because the rest of them are all f***ing a***holes, aren’t they?
‘It’s good to see someone like him get in, instead of all those rich bast***s. They all lie. Not him though – he’s got roots…’
Anthony Albanese (pictured with his mother Maryanne) is still Albo from the Block on the inner city streets of Sydney where he is considered ‘one of us’ by housing commission locals
Anthony Albanese live in the council house (pictured: the PM’s former kitchen) with his mother who raised him on a pension in this inner-Sydney housing commission flat
Neighbour Bart Faddoul runs a smash repair firm and has fond memories of Albo’s mum, describing her as ‘lovely’ and expressing regret he couldn’t attend her funeral
He has – and they run deep in Camperdown.
Mr Albanese, who was born in 1963, was brought up by his Irish immigrant single mum, Maryanne, in the blond-bricked, semi-detached, three-bedroom, two storey home on Pyrmont Bridge Road.
It was designed by an English architect and built in 1927 on the concept of the UK workers’ terraced house, which offered an affordable rented home close to the city, and a small backyard for kids to play safely.
Decades later, it is still housing commission stock – despite now being heritage listed – and while the building might be anonymous, its former tenant is anything but.
Anthony Albanese is pictured with his son, Nathan, and his mother Maryanne – just before she passed away in 2002
Mr Albanese was brought up in this blond-bricked, semi-detached, three-bedroom, two storey home on Pyrmont Bridge Road where he was born in 1963
The young lad who played in that modest backyard is now at an international summit as an equal with US President Joe Biden and world leaders from Japan and India.
But the Quadrilateral meeting in Tokyo comes on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the death of his beloved mother on May 25, 2002.
She was found on the floor of the Camperdown home’s laundry, having suffered an aneurysm on Mother’s Day 2002.
Ms Albanese was rushed to hospital, where she died two weeks later.
Across the road from the set of flats, neighbour Bart Faddoul runs a smash repair firm and has fond memories of Albo’s mum.
‘She was great,’ he said. ‘Lovely woman – had a maroon Ford Falcon and she was very friendly. She used to chat to use all the time. She was lovely.
‘I wanted to go to her funeral but I couldn’t close the workshop.’
Anthony Albanese (pictured with Penny Wong, girlfriend Jodie and son Nathan) secured a historic election win on Saturday
In the 20 years since his mother’s death – and the 32 years since Albo himself moved out – parts of Camperdown have changed, with some degree of gentrification of the area
He remembers Mr Albanese often popping in to see his mum, and was delighted to see him get the top job, but admitted: ‘I like him personally, but I hate his politics.
‘I’m not a Labor supporter but I’m happy for him. I couldn’t vote for him – I’m a Liberal. Labour economic policy is a mess – you increase the minimum wage, you’ll increase inflation and no-one will be able to afford anything.
‘You add $10 a week to the wage packet and you’ll get hit by an extra $40 a week at the supermarket checkout till. It’s nonsense.
‘But it’s great to see someone from his background get to where he has. It’s very rare to see that these days. Good luck to him – he’s worked hard to get where he is.
‘I hope he does good for the country – we need it. A lot of people are struggling.’
Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese (right) embraces his partner Jodie Haydon after winning the 2022 Federal Election
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