Anthony grew up in a public housing community in Camperdown and recognised early on the need to fight for social justice so that there was equal opportunity in society.
That is what led Anthony to joining the Australian Labor Party. He developed his political activity working for former prisoner of war and legendary Whitlam and Hawke Government Minister Tom Uren.
In 1996 Anthony was elected as the Member for Grayndler in Sydney’s inner west, where he has lived his entire life.
In Anthony’s First Speech in Parliament he said
Anthony continues to be a progressive Member of Parliament and is a passionate advocate for the environment, workers’ rights, refugees and equality for all members of the community regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality or religion.
He believes in opportunities for all through education and training, universal health care and the need for Government to invest in local communities.
He works hard for his constituents.
Among his achievements for the people of Grayndler:
- $2 million for the Cooks River to help manage storm water, reduce river pollution and improve water quality;
- Expansion of child care services including 50 new childcare places at the Infants’ Home in Ashfield;
- $2.2 million to upgrade Mackey Park in Marrickville
- $3 million to upgrade Leichhardt Oval
- $2.3 million for the Ashfield Civic Centre
- $14.5 million for noise insulation at Fort Street High School
- Upgrades to all local schools under the $16.2 billion Building the Education Revolution program;
- Funding of $150 million for a new integrated cancer treatment and research facility at the Chris O’Brien – Lifehouse, at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; and
- Providing help and support for new migrants and those trying to reunite with their families.
Anthony has played tennis at Henson Park for 30 years and is an avid supporter of the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Newtown Jets.
Following the election of the Federal Labor Government in November 2007, Anthony became the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, and Leader of the House of Representatives.
Anthony was named Infrastructure Minister of the Year for 2012 by London-based publication Infrastructure Investor and in 2010 was named Aviation Minister of the Year for producing Australia’s first ever Aviation White Paper.
In June 2013, he became Deputy Prime Minister, and also took on additional responsibility as Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
Anthony is committed to growing our communities in regional and metropolitan areas and believes infrastructure and transport have a crucial role to play in achieving this.