Anthony Albanese says he wants SIX years in power and is already looking to the next election – as he outlines how he’ll change Australia in jubilant speech
- Labor leader Anthony Albanese has given a speech to Labor MPs in Canberra
- He outlined his priorities for the next three years and was applauded by room
- Mr Albanese also said he wanted Labor to win the next election in 2025
Anthony Albanese is targeting six years in power and wants to secure an even bigger majority in 2025, he has told Labor MPs and senators.
The new Prime Minister said he believes he can win the next election if Labor ‘keeps our discipline’ and successfully implements all of its promises.
Speaking to jubilant members and senators on Tuesday in Canberra, Mr Albanese said that during the campaign he ‘spoke about back-to-back premierships.
Anthony Albanese is targeting six years in power and wants to secure an even bigger majority in 2025, he has told Labor MPs and senators
‘I spoke about two elections. I said I had two dates in mind – one election day on May 21 but secondly, as well, where we would be positioned in 2025,’ he said.
‘The way you really change the country is to entrench reforms and to do that you need a long-term Labor government.
‘It’s only Labor that does the big things in this country and I want, just as universal health care and universal superannuation are part of the great Australian story, created by Labor, I want universal childcare to be part of the great Australian story.’
Mr Albanese will be 62 in May 2025 and 65 in May 2028.
‘My objective is to not keep this room as it is. My objective is to grow this room,’ he said.
In his speech, the new leader outlined his priorities for his first term, saying he will deliver ‘more secure work, taking pressure off the cost of living.
‘Cheaper childcare. We will strengthen Medicare. We will fix aged care. We will make sure that we make more things here in Australia and become a more resilient economy with advance manufacturing.
‘We will end the climate wars,’ he said to rapturous applause.
‘We will introduce legislation for an Anti-Corruption Commission this year.
Mr Albanese also told his members and senators not to waste a day in government.
‘We don’t intend to. You might have noticed we got on with things pretty quickly and were sworn in quicker than any government has been in Australia’s history,’ he said.
Mr Albanese also introduced the new Labor MPs one by one to cheers from the crowd.
The biggest cheer was reserved for Sam Lim, the former dolphin trainer who won the blue-ribbon seat of Tangney in WA.
The biggest cheer was reserved for Sam Lim (left), the former dolphin trainer who won the blue-ribbon seat of Tangney in WA