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How Anthony Albanese was close to communists but now hoping to be Australian Prime Minister

The man hoping to be Australia’s next Prime Minister has transformed himself since leading Labor’s ‘hard left’ as a young political operator.

Anthony Albanese – who hopes to turf out Scott Morrison at the May election – led a faction of NSW Labor known as the ‘hard left’ or ‘socialist left’ in the 1980s.

His supporters were known by many names including ‘Bolsheviks’, ‘Ratbags’ and ‘Doers,’ according to an essay by Labor MP Andrew Leigh.  

Anthony Albanese was interviewed by the Communist Party of Australia newspaper in 1991. He is pictured in the paper

Labor leader Anthony Albanese with his son Nathan (left) and partner Jodie Haydon in January at the National Press Club in Canberra

Labor leader Anthony Albanese with his son Nathan (left) and partner Jodie Haydon in January at the National Press Club in Canberra

The faction ‘maintained closer links with broader left-wing groups’, such as the…


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