Oct 8, 2020







SUBJECTS: Marrickville as Time Out’s tenth ‘coolest neighbourhoods’; Federal Budget; Budget reply.


ROBBIE BUCK, HOST: It has just come in as the 10th coolest neighbourhood, not in Sydney, in the world. Time Out, who spend a lot of time out and about across the world, have said that Marrickville is number 10 in their listing. And we thought, ‘Well, let’s find a couple of local Marrickville folk to tell us why Marrickville is such a great place’. And as it so happens, we have Anthony Albanese. He’s the Federal MP for Grayndler and the Opposition Leader. I would have thought you had other things to do on a morning when the Budget reply speech was about to be delivered, but apparently not?


ANTHONY ALBANESE, LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY: That is all bedded down. Finished that early. The Government put out everything pretty much last week. And I was sitting there on Tuesday night and thinking, ‘Where is the new stuff?’ There wasn’t much. So, I’m available. And I’m always available to back in Marrickville. I am a proud Marrickville resident. Proud member of Marrickville Lawn Tennis Club. I love going to Henson Park and watching the Jets. It’s a great place to live. And yes, it is a bit dirty and noisy and it’s industrial. But that is what gives it the vibe.


WENDY HARMER, HOST: How long have you lived there, Anthony?


ALBANESE: I basically lived in the area my whole life. I’ve lived in three different houses in Marrickville. The first house I ever bought was in the same street I live in now but in a different house. And I have lived in three places that are pretty close to each other. And I’ve seen it change. But it’s kept its character. A lot of new professional people have moved in, but it’s still got a large Greek population, Lebanese, Vietnamese populations. We have a large Indigenous First Nations population in Marrickville. The old Marrickville Council had, when they were smaller councils, had a higher percentage of Indigenous people then South Sydney Council. And that wouldn’t have been expected, Redfern was seen as the capital. But Marrickville was pretty important as well. And it’s also got the highest number of boarding houses. So, you have a real cross range of people. And it’s the people who make it. Everyone gets on really well. Craft beer capital of Australia.


BUCK: Well, according to the judges from Time Out, and we were beaten by, unfortunately, South Yarraville in Melbourne, they came in at number five. But we won’t mention that. The judges said that waves of Portuguese, Vietnamese, Italian and Greek migrants have added to the richness of Marrickville’s culture, spearheading the emergence of perhaps the most eclectic food scene in the city, streets lined with Federation-era houses, leafy enclaves protect the suburbs and an all are welcome essence. It’s a place of surprising dualities, say the judges.


ALBANESE: You can get the best souvlaki. You can get the best Vietnamese pork rolls. You can get the best Portuguese tarts. It is all there. And wash it all down with the best craft beer.


HARMER: Well, yes, I got a text earlier there with a list of all the craft breweries there. You’re very well served by that. All right, now, we can’t let you go without just getting a little bit of a potted version of your Budget reply.


ALBANESE: You’ll have to tune in on ABC at 7:30 tonight. The theme will be, ‘No one left behind, and no one held back’. I am concerned that women and over 35s were big losers in the Budget. There was nothing in there to advance women’s participation in the workforce. If you’re over 35, you’ve just had your wage subsidies cut. You’ll have it abolished in March. You’ll go back to an unemployment benefit of $40 a day, so you will be pushed below the poverty line. And then you’ll be competing for work versus people who are getting subsidies. I think it’s an odd mix. When we asked questions about it yesterday in Parliament, Scott Morrison was talking about seniors. Now, I don’t know about you, Robbie and Wendy, but I don’t regard 36 as seniors. I regarded as really, really, really young.


BUCK: Well, I think despite your protestations, you did give us a little bit of an insight into what you’ll be saying tonight. Thank you very much for joining us this morning, Anthony Albanese.


ALBANESE: Always happy to give ABC Sydney a hint.