ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER
TRIPLE J DRIVE
FRIDAY, 15 JANUARY 2021
SUBJECTS: Triple J’s Hottest 100; car accident.
HOST: We thought we’d speak to someone who, I guess, has a bit more experience than us when it comes to getting people to vote. And also, someone who we saw has voted in the Hottest 100, Leader of the Opposition, Anthony Albanese. Albo, hello.
ANTHONY ALBANESE, LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY: Good afternoon. How are you?
HOST: Very well. How are you post-crash? Are you okay?
ALBANESE: Well, when people said that the Labor Leader should crash or crash through, I didn’t think that it should be taken literally. But these things happen. I’m struggling a bit but I’m alive and I am listening to music and listened to a bit this week, actually, as I recover slowly. I went to the doctors today and got a reasonably good report about no long-term problems, but I just need a little bit more examination. You’ve got to put your health first.
HOST: And in fact, Albo, I think the last time we spoke to you, you and I had just played footy against each other and you had broken your pinky finger.
ALBANESE: That looked pretty ordinary, didn’t it? Looked a bit like my car did after last Friday.
HOST: Are you an accident-prone man?
ALBANESE: No. That was one of the brutes on your team, the media team, who inflicted that damage on me. I only had one KPI that day, to not get injured. I was right until the very last minute. I got a bit overexcited. That’ll teach me to try and make a tackle.
HOST: We saw that you have put in your votes for the Hottest 100. You voted for people like Alex the Astronaut. There are loads of people out there, Albo, who started voting, but haven’t finished the voting process online.
ALBANESE: What is going on?
HOST: I know. 60,000 people. So, as someone who professionally, I guess, has to get people out to vote, I mean, how can we get these people to vote? What’s your best tip?
ALBANESE: Number every bloody square otherwise it’s informal. Alex the Astronaut, I’ve got to say, I should have declared an interest, she’s a constituent of mine.
HOST: Pork-barrelling again are we, Albo?
ALBANESE: I think there’s an arrangement to be had there.
HOST: You’re expecting her to return the favour come Federal election time.
ALBANESE: If I don’t get her vote, I am in real trouble.
HOST: And we actually spoke to someone earlier in the week who was from Italy and they believed that they weren’t allowed to vote in the Hottest 100 because they weren’t a citizen. So, the lines between the Hottest 100 and the Federal election are blurring.
ALBANESE: They are blurring. And we’ve got my former Cabinet colleague, I voted for the Oil’s Gadigal Land as well. He’s gone back, Peter Garrett, back to the past. It’s a bit like an old Oil song as well, Rob Hirst going nuts on the drums there, driving it home.
HOST: If you could make sure no other former Cabinet colleagues release any music, that’d be great.
ALBANESE: Tony Burke plays guitar, so there you go.
HOST: But does he have to?
ALBANESE: Well, it’s all a bit of fun. There is a band that him and Terri Butler and a few of them play in. Terri Butler playing the oboe, a much underutilised instrument in rock and roll. And, of course, at my Christmas function this year, I had two of my staff, one of them James Jeffrey, a good Annandale man, playing the bagpipes in the room. Anything is possible.
HOST: We don’t get a lot of oboe and bagpipes on Triple J. That might be to our detriment. But you know, it’s something we can work on in the future.
HOST: Well, Albo, we’re going to put on another track you voted for in a sec from Lime Cordiale. But there is a question that we do like to ask every guest as they come through.
HOST: Albo, this is a very standard question, very, very regular question asked on radio, Albo, what’s the best water that you ever drunk?
ALBANESE: The best water?
ALBANESE: That I have ever drunk? Sydney water is okay.
HOST: He’s on message.
HOST: He did only say it was okay.
ALBANESE: I am one of those people who does drink tap water.
HOST: That is everyone, Albo. We are all drinking tap water, mate.
ALBANESE: Some people drink just bottled water.
HOST: Get the boot in, Albo. All right, well, let’s put on one of your tracks, Albo. Thanks for helping us out. Hopefully we’ll do our best to try to get those 60,000 odd voters who are yet to finish
ALBANESE: Fill in your ballots, people.
HOST: It’s that simple. You just yell at them. Thanks, Albo.