Anthony Albanese has announced that he will run again in his Sydney electorate of Grayndler
The proposed redistribution of NSW electoral boundaries led to speculation that Albanese might contest Barton but final changes have improved the ALP’s margin in Grayndler. The ABC’s Antony Green has calculated the new margin as 18.1% in the ALP’s favour.
Albanese has held Grayndler since 1996. A safe Labor seat, it was created in 1949 and has been represented by Fred Daly (1949-75), Tony Whitlam (1975-77), Frank Stewart (1977-79), Leo McLeay (1979-93) and Jeannette McHugh (1993-96).
- Watch Albanese interviewed on the ABC (11m)
Statement by Anthony Albanese.
Albanese to nominate for Grayndler
I will be nominating for preselection to contest the next federal election as the Labor Candidate for Grayndler.
This follows the federal redistribution which has changed the boundaries and removed parts of Marrickville, Tempe, Dulwich Hill and Hurlstone Park as well as Camperdown and Newtown from the current electorate that I am proud to represent.
In its place, the seat boundaries have moved north to contain the entire Balmain peninsula as well as Annandale.
I have chosen the Unity Hall Hotel in Balmain, the birthplace of the Australian Labor Party, where the first ever branch meeting took place 125 years ago as the place to announce my intention.
I am proud to have been a part of my local community my whole life and I look forward to continuing to deliver real solutions for the inner west.
The inner west has suffered during the period of the Abbott and Turnbull Government as it did under the Howard Government, with little support given to our local community.
The people of the inner west want a federal government which will fund quality education and health services, rollout a fibre NBN to the premises, invest in public transport, take real action on climate change and make marriage equality a reality.
They know that only a Federal Labor Government will deliver on these commitments and I will be campaigning hard to ensure my re-election as the Member for Grayndler and for the election of a Federal Labor Government.