Australians promised a new era of change

Anthony Albanese, with partner Jodie Haydon, speaks after his election victory  on Saturday night (ABC News/Nick Haggarty)

Australians are being promised a new era of change after Anthony Albanese takes office as Prime Minister early today in one of the fastest transitions to a new government in the nation’s history. Source: The Age.

Labor has confidence it can govern with a workable majority in its own right despite historic gains for independent candidates and the Greens, who could hold the balance of power in the Senate.

Mr Albanese declared his ambition to change the way politics is conducted in Australia after a savage swing against the Coalition in Saturday’s election, driving Prime Minister Scott Morrison out of power and elevating independent women as new powerbrokers in Parliament.

“It’s something that’s a big moment in my life but what I want it to be is a big moment for the country,” Albanese said on Sunday.

“I do want to change the country. I want to change the way that politics operates in this country.”

While Labor is confident it will gain at least 76 seats and a majority, Greens leader Adam Bandt is preparing to demand changes to the new government’s agenda, especially greater ambition on climate policy, after the Greens emerged with at least three seats in the lower house.

The teal independents are also pushing Labor to take stronger action on climate, including larger cuts to greenhouse emissions.

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‘I do want to change the country’: Albanese moves quickly to take power (By David Crowe, The Age

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