ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER
SUNDAY, 8 NOVEMBER 2020
REBECCA MADDERN, HOST: Labor leader Anthony Albanese joins us now. Albo, good morning to you. What is your message to the President-elect? Have you picked up the phone? Have you been able to get through?
ANTHONY ALBANESE, LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY: The first message is a big congratulations to him and to Kamala Harris. This is a momentous victory. It’s the first time since, a long while ago, since George Bush that we haven’t seen a President secure a second term and I think it’s an extraordinary victory. Joe Biden has shown himself to be a very resilient character. He’s been through so many hardships, the loss of a child, the fact that he grew up as a public speaker with a stutter, the fact that he has overcome those difficulties, and has hung in there, and is now the President-elect of the United States is a great tribute to him. I do know, Joe. I think he will be a great President of the United States and a great friend of Australia.
MADDERN: His back story is quite extraordinary. How will Australia’s relationship with the US change under Biden’s direction and maybe compare that to the relationship we have currently with President Trump?
ALBANESE: Well, our relationship, of course, isn’t a relationship between leaders. It’s a relationship between peoples based upon our common values, our values of democracy. We’ve just seen more people vote in a US election, for more than a century as a percentage and in pure numbers terms the greatest ever. Joe Biden has secured the support of more Americans than any other President. The fact is that those values are enduring. It’s been an important alliance, our most important alliance since it was forged by John Curtin during World War II. Since then we’ve been the closest of allies. That will continue. The relationships will differ, the Labor Party has a relationship with the Democratic Party in the United States. Scott Morrison was close at times with Donald Trump, but I’m sure that any Australian Prime Minister will always be able to have a productive relationship with a US President. Of course this will present different foreign policies. Joe Biden is a very different character to Donald Trump.
RICHARD WILKINS, HOST: Yep, that is one thing that is for sure. Albo many commentators are describing this as the world’s first climate election. Do you think Biden will come through on his promises of a cleaner greener America?
ALBANESE: I think he will. He’s determined to do so. And what he understands is that good policy on climate change is also good for jobs as well as being necessary for
the planet and to look after future generations. He has said that his first act will be to re-sign the United States up to the Paris accord. That is a very good thing. The first thing that the Rudd Labor Government did when we were elected in 2007 is ratify the Kyoto Protocol and bring Australia back into the world debate about climate change and that’s the first thing that Joe Biden will do in the United States.
WILKINS: He says he will do that day one. Thanks for your time today, all the best to you, sir. Have a good day. Thanks for coming on the show.
ALBANESE: Thanks very much, have a good Sunday.
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.