Albanese encounters an inspired Marrickville in his first outing as PM

They snuck in to get a photo with the new prime minister.

“We were so happy for him, I was inspired by his speech. It was beautiful, came from his heart, ”Amy said.

Her husband Manny said Albanese had shown “the sky is the limit”. “I like his story of him-being born with a single mum, he lives in housing commission… He loves the underprivileged, the poor… It’s a beautiful story, a life story.”

Filippino couple Amy and Manny Diel, both 73, said Albanese had inspired them and shown the “sky is the limit”.

Filippino couple Amy and Manny Diel, both 73, said Albanese had inspired them and shown the “sky is the limit”.Credit:Dean Sewell

It also resonated with 85-year-old Elijah Midzar, from the former Yugoslavia, who joined the crowd and said he had always liked Albanese. “He must be a good prime minister, because he is born with a poor family, that’s what I think,” he said.

As Albanese walked back to his car trailed by Labor supporters and a few more onlookers, he told reporters that his victory on Saturday night had been a “big moment in my life”.

“But what I want it to be is a big moment for the country. I do want to change the country and change the way that politics operates in this country,” he said.

By Sunday afternoon the Henson Park Hotel in Marrickville was abuzz with young families enlivened by Labor’s win.

Albanese is a regular at the neighborhood pub, and licensee Nathan Somer said the new prime minister was a great supporter of local businesses in the area.

“Because we are such a tight-knit community in the inner west, people are really passionate [about his win] and it’s obvious,” he said.


The pub started playing the election coverage last night when Scott Morrison gave his resignation speech. Patrons were booing and singing goodbye, but that turned into chants and fist pumping when Albanese gave his speech from him.

Somer said it was just like a sports match. “The mood is great – one of our staff members is a volunteer and he is probably the happiest man in Marrickville today. It’s a really happy vibe, a buzz today talking about Albo, which is also great for us,” he said.

“I think it’s crazy – he didn’t really have much when he was growing up, and Marrickville has really changed from a low socioeconomic area to where all young couples and families are moving in. But he’s ready to lead the country and ready to make a change which is great.”

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