Anthony Albanese has given a brutally honest interview where he revealed what he really thinks of Scott Morrison and opened up about the lie his mother told him which led him to believe for decades that his father was dead.
The opposition leader sat down with Karl Stefanovic for a wide-ranging interview on 60 Minutes on Sunday night.
He spoke at length about his ‘new look’ after dramatically transforming his physique by giving up alcohol for three months and cutting out carbs – all in the hope of being ‘match fit’ for the upcoming federal election battle.
And the competition has never been tighter with the latest Newspoll conducted for The Australian showing Mr Albanese level with Mr Morrison as preferred prime minister for the first time in more than two years.
During the segment the 59-year-old was grilled on his opinion of Mr Morrsion.
When asked if he thought the Prime Minister is a ‘liar’, he responded saying: ‘Scott Morrison’s got an issue with the truth.
‘He has said things to me that are simply untrue. He stood up in parliament. Why he did it is beyond me … and said that he texted me about where he was going when he went to Hawaii. That’s not true.’
Anthony Albanese has given a brutally honest interview where he revealed what he really thinks of Scott Morrison
Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese and partner Jodie Haydon at the National Press Club in Canberra
He said Australians had become ‘more cynical’ about the Liberal Party after enduring a pandemic, natural disasters and political scandals.
‘You look at even the photo ops this time, whether it’s the shampooing hair or … dare I say it, the ukulele playing … the welding without lifting up the mask before you weld … people look at it and go, ah, that’s not really his job,’ he said.
During an interview with 60 Minutes’ last month, Mr Morrison showed off his musical skills by playing the ukulele at the dinner table.
The scene saw a tonne of backlash on social media, with many labelling it ‘awkward’ and ‘cringe’.
When asked if he thought the Prime Minister is a ‘liar’, he responded saying: ‘Scott Morrison’s got an issue with the truth’
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (top) speaks to Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra
The pair met in early 2020 at a conference in Melbourne where Mr Albanese was speaking (pictured: Jodie Haynon and Anthony Albanese)
Mr Albanese also got personal as he opened up about his marriage break down with ex-wife Carmel Tebbutt.
Mr Albanese, a father-of-one, split from his wife in 2019 after 19 years of marriage and 30 years together.
He shared how the break-up happened ‘out of the blue’, reavealling the hardest part for him was accepting it was over.
‘I didn’t see it as ending. We’d spent Christmas together, I thought we would end our life together. That was the vision that I had.’
Anthony Albanese met his father Carlo when he was 46, he travelled to Italy to meet him after beleving he died before he was born (Pictured: Anthony Albanese with his father and his family)
The Labor leader is pictured in 1986 at Labor’s National Youth Conference in Hobart when he was 23
Mr Albanese is pictured as a young man in Sydney. He became a federal MP in 1996 aged 33
But he has since found new love in girlfriend Jodie Haydon, however, he was reluctant to share whether they were in love just yet.
‘That’s something not for you, Karl. That’s something between me and Jodie.’
The pair met in early 2020 at a conference in Melbourne where Mr Albanese was speaking.
The Opposition leader asked the crowd if there were any fellow South Sydney fans present and finance worker Ms Haydon, who lives in his Grayndler electorate, shouted: ‘Up the Rabbitohs’.
As a child, Mr Albanese was told by his mother about how his father died in a car crash after they had met overseas and wed (Pictured: Anthony Albanese and his mum Maryanne Therese Albanese)
It wasn’t until he was about 15 that his mother Maryanne Ellery, who’d raised him by herself in public housing, revealed the truth to him (Pictured: Anthony Albanese and his mother Maryanne Ellery)
He later introduced himself and they decided to go for a drink when they were back in Sydney.
Who is Anthony Albanese?
- Raised in housing commission in Camperdown, inner-west Sydney by a single mum
- Became Labor MP for Grayndler in 1996
- He’s a Bunnies life member and loves NRL
- Served as infrastructure minister in Kevin Rudd’s government
- Became Labor leader after union-darling Bill Shorten lost 2019 election
- A long-term anti-nuclear campaigner, but has supported Australia getting nuclear-powered submarines
- Has an adult son with ex-wife Carmel Tebbutt. They split in 2019 after 30 years
Despite appearing in Women’s Weekly together, Mr Albanese said he was ‘protective’ of their relationship.
‘I’m the one running for public office,’ he said.
‘Jodie has to put up with…if we’re out having dinner, put up with people coming up and photos and all of that. But it’s part of the deal, it’s part of who I am.’
During the interview Mr Albanese also gave insight into the family lie that shaped his childhood, sharing how his mother had lied to him about his father being dead.
His mother Maryanne Ellery claimed his father died in a car crash after they had met overseas and wed.
It wasn’t until he was about 15 that his mother, who’d raised him by herself in public housing, revealed that the pair were never married and he was actually alive and living in Italy.
It was several decades later, after his mother died, that he decided to seek out his father.
After battling to track him, he finally met his father Carlo Albanese in an Italian town called Barletta.
Mr Albanese discovered he had a brother and sister and was stunned by the reception, given his father already had a family.
He returned several times with his family to visit Carlo, but he fell ill and died in January 2014.
In their final conversation together, Carlo told his son he was happy they had finally met.
The interview comes as the federal election due to be called soon after the budget is handed down in two weeks.
Anthony Albanese’s mother, Maryanne Ellery, (pictured) adopted the name Albanese and raised him alone in public housing in Sydney
A photo from the ship the Fairsky, aboard which Anthony Albanese’s parents Carlo Albanese (top left) and Maryanne Ellery (bottom right) met during a trip between Sydney and London
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