Australia’s Labor Party leader, Anthony Albanese, 59, is the country’s 31st prime minister since Monday. His outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison conceded defeat in Friday’s election. Labor returned to power after nine years in opposition as a wave of unprecedented support for the Greens and climate-focussed independents. “I look forward to leading a government that makes Australians proud, a government that doesn’t seek to divide, that doesn’t seek to have wedges but seeks to bring people together,” Albanese said during his first media briefing. Albanese said the country’s relationship with China would remain “a difficult one.”
Albanese lives in Sydney and is a Catholic, a father and the owner of a dog named Toto. He championed Australia’s first law granting homosexual couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. He was a deputy prime minister in former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s second government, formed in 2013. Albanese focused on issues including climate change, making child care more affordable and expanding government-assisted healthcare services. Albanese will attend the so-called Quad Summit in Toyko on Tuesday along with U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as the four countries make up a new security partnership in the Indo-Pacific meant to counter China.