Anthony Albanese drew on his blue-collar roots to become Australia’s PM, but now comes the hard part

Albanese, the leader of the Labor Party, won over voters by appealing to those who wanted incremental changes to address climate change

Anthony Albanese, Australia’s new prime minister, struck a chord with voters with his working class credentials. His election victory came after the Labor Party managed to win eight seats from the Liberal-National Coalition, which lost 18 in total. Illustration: Peter Haan

In brief:

Name and role: Anthony Albanese, prime minister of Australia and leader of the Labor Party

Age: 59

Appearance: bespectacled – and fond of being snapped in a hard-hat and high-vis

Newsworthiness: recently toppled the incumbent Liberal-National coalition government to become Australia’s 31st prime minister

In depth:

Three years ago, the Grayndler electoral office in New South Wales got a call from Tiger Webb. The producer and researcher with ABC radio had a simple ...