Oct 9, 2005

Insiders – ‘Talking Pictures’, ABC

TRANSCRIPT OF INSIDERS PROGRAM, ABC

ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

9 October 2005

Insiders, ‘Talking Pictures’, ABC

BARRY CASSIDY: Time now for Mike Bowers and his regular segment Talking Pictures.

MICHAEL BOWERS: I’m Michael Bowers and I’m pictorial editor with the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ newspaper. I’m Talking Pictures this morning with Anthony Albanese, Shadow Spokesperson for the Environment, Heritage and Water. Welcome to the program, Antony.

ANTHONY ALBANESE: G’day.

MICHAEL BOWERS: With cartoonist, do you have a cartoonist you particularly like the work of?

ANTHONY ALBANESE: Moir I think is my favourite, in part coming from Sydney, picking up the Herald every day. I admire the fact that cartoonists can say so much in just a visual.

MICHAEL BOWERS: Well often they’re way out ahead of the commentators and the column writers. Geoff Pryor picked up a few years ago that you have an Italian heritage?

ANTHONY ALBANESE: Well that was at that time when there were some factional issues of which I was embroiled.

MICHAEL BOWERS: Moir has got you here, the left is sort going away and the right has got you, bullets Bonnie and Clyde style riddled with bullets.

ANTHONY ALBANESE: Well, we had a bit of a win and doesn’t happen all that often in doesn’t happen all that often in the NSW left, so that’s all part of the culture that’s taken in good humour.

MICHAEL BOWERS: Your wife Carmel Tebbutt is the local state member for Marrickville and my local member.

ANTHONY ALBANESE: I hope you voted for her.

MICHAEL BOWERS: I did vote.

ANTHONY ALBANESE: I’m about two streets away I believe from having you as a Federal member as your wife as a State member. How difficult is it to have a family life where you’re both in State politics you’re bringing up a child and you’re constantly one or other of you is constantly in the limelight?

ANTHONY ALBANESE: Well it can be hard. Managing the old diary is difficult, sitting down and making sure ure that we make time for each other and make time for Nathan our son. It can be difficult.

MICHAEL BOWERS: This is a photo of you and Joe Hockey from the 2000 Press Gallery Ball. Is politics everything we see on TV, the sort of antagonism in question time or are there true friendships across party lines?

ANTHONY ALBANESE: No it’s not. I have a great deal of respect for a whole range of people including Joe and other people in the coalition and people in politics who are there I think for the right reasons. I might disagree with where they’re coming from, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t have mutual respect for each other and certainly in terms of being an Opposition member you’ve got to approach Government ministers about seeking help for your constituents. And I think as a leftie in the Labor Party you’ve got to have faith in human beings, faith in what we can do for each other.

MICHAEL BOWERS: Well Anthony Albanese, Member for Grayndler and Opposition Spokesperson for Environment, Heritage and Water, thank you very much for taking the time to talk to us this morning.

ANTHONY ALBANESE: Thanks Mike