Anthony Albanese stepped out with his partner and pet for a brisk walk to celebrate his election win – before being greeted by a crowd of adoring supporters.
The new Prime Minister was accompanied by his partner Jodie Haydon and his dog Toto as he strolled the streets of Marrickville, in Sydney’s central west, on Sunday.
Mr Albanese found himself in the middle of a crowd of excited locals as he took a chair outside a local cafe.
He sat with Toto resting on his lap as he chatted with friends and enjoyed a hot cup of coffee on a chilly 16C morning.
Anthony Albanese was swarmed with adoring supporters after going out for a walk with his cavoodle Toto to celebrate his election win
The new Prime Minister was accompanied by his partner Jodie Haydon and her pet dog as he roamed the streets of Marrickville in Sydney’s west-central on Sunday.
Mr Albanese will become Australia’s 31st Prime Minister and only the fourth person to lead Labor in government from the opposition since World War Two after his victory on Saturday night
Several residents held Mr Albanese banners as they hovered around the cafe table.
Mr Albanese’s pet dog even showed his support by wearing a red bandana that read ‘Albo 2022’
Mr Albanese will become Australia’s 31st Prime Minister and only the fourth person to lead Labor in government from the opposition since World War Two following his victory on Saturday night.
Although his premiership is all but certain, it is less clear whether Labor will be able to govern on its own or will need help from an expanded crossbench.
Speaking to nearly 1,000 party worshipers on Labor Party election night in Sydney’s central west, Mr Albanese said he was touched by the victory.
“No matter how you voted…the government I lead will respect each of you every day,” he told the crowd.
“We can have an even better future if we seize the opportunities that come our way.”
He said he was looking to be sworn in with some high-ranking members on Monday, before heading to Tokyo to attend a Quad meeting on Tuesday alongside US President Joe Biden and the prime ministers of Japan and India. .
“I say to my fellow Australians, thank you for this amazing honour,” Mr Albanese said.
While Mr Albanese’s premiership is all but certain, it is less clear whether Labor will be able to govern on its own, or whether it will need the help of an expanded crossbench.
Anthony Albanese mingled with cheering locals and friends outside a cafe in Marrickville
Mr Albanese, his pet cavoodle Toto and partner Jodie Haydon walking in Marrickville
“Tonight the people of Australia voted for change. I am honored by this victory and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the 31st Prime Minister of Australia.
“My Labor team will work every day to bring Australians together, and I will lead a government worthy of the Australian people.”
Mr Albanese – who was brought up on a housing commission by a single mother – also paid tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister, saying: “Scott very graciously wished me well, and I mean it for that, and I wish good luck.”
“And I thank him for his service to our country as Prime Minister. I also want to thank Jenny Morrison and their two daughters for their contribution and sacrifice.
Outlining his priorities for the next three years, Mr Albanese said: “Together we can end the climate wars.
Mr Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon couldn’t stop smiling after Saturday’s election victory
Mr Albanese is pictured leaving his home in Marrickville for a walk with his cavoodle Toto
Anthony Albanese sitting around a cafe table drinking coffee with friends and supporters
“Together, we can capitalize on Australia’s opportunity to be a renewable energy superpower.
“Together we can work in the common interest with business and unions to boost productivity, raise wages and profits.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, leader of the Aotearoa Labor Party, said she looked forward to working with her new Australian counterpart.
“Australia is our most important partner, our only official ally and our only economic market relationship, and I believe our countries will work even more closely together in these tumultuous times,” she said.
Catholic Social Services Australia chairman Francis Sullivan said Mr Albanese’s education in public accommodation would help him build relationships with those in difficulty.
“Today must be the start of a new beginning for the elderly and infirm, the single mothers, the poor and isolated, the underpaid and overworked, the disabled and the dispossessed,” he said. .
Mr Albanese waves to reporters and locals as he takes his morning walk in Marrickville
The new Prime Minister was all smiles during his morning walk on Sunday