Anthony Norman Albanese (born 2 March 1963) is an Australian politician who is the current Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and the Deputy Leader of the Labor Party. He is also the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Leader of the House of Representatives. He has represented Grayndler in the Australian House of Representatives since 1996.
Albanese has been described as "Labor's Parliamentary go-to man, a bloke with willingness and enthusiasm for fronting up – whether at the Dispatch Box, to protesters or even in backing a losing leadership candidate".
When Jeannette McHugh announced she wouldn't recontest her seat of Grayndler at the 1996 election, Albanese won preselection for the seat. The campaign was a difficult one with aircraft noise a big political issue following the opening of the third runway at Sydney Airport and the newly established No Aircraft Noise party (NAN) having polled strongly in the local area at the 1995 NSW election. Veteran political pundit Malcolm Mackerras predicted NAN would win the seat. However, they ran third in the end with less than 14% of the vote and Albanese was elected with a comfortable 16% majority.
In 2005, he added Shadow Minister for Water to his existing responsibilities and was also appointed Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House.
In December 2006, when Kevin Rudd became opposition leader, Albanese took over from Julia Gillard as Manager of Opposition Business in the House, a senior tactical role on the floor of the parliament, and was appointed Shadow Minister for Water and Infrastructure.
After Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd resigned from his cabinet post on 22 February 2012 to challenge Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Albanese offered his resignation as Leader of the House to Gillard. At a press conference on 25 February 2012, he announced he would vote for Kevin Rudd in the caucus leadership ballot, and that Gillard had refused his offer of resignation. In response to a question on his personal feelings around the leadership spill, he remarked "I like fighting Tories. That's what I do."
Following a further failed attempt to reinstall Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister in March 2013, Simon Crean was sacked as a minister, and his responsibilities as Minister for Regional Development and Local Government were assumed by Albanese. On 26 June 2013, following a Labor Party leadership vote in favour of Kevin Rudd, Albanese was elected by caucus as Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party.