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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese plays tennis in Marrickville

Anthony Albanese has struck a blow on a tennis court to end a hectic first week as prime minister with Labor pundits comparing his leadership style to that of Bob Hawke.

A week after the Labor Party’s long-awaited return to power, Albanese donned a white shirt, blue shorts and his favorite white Rabbitohs cap to play tennis at the Marrickville Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday.

The Grayndler MP showed decent technique as he served and moved freely around the court during a doubles game at the Sydney Badge Tennis competition, occasionally stopping to take phone calls from a courtside seat.

He has competed in various competitions for the club in the past, wearing their official jersey while playing in relatively low grade games.

The fact that Albanese plays tennis for the local club is a testament to the quality that Labor pundits believe will make him an excellent Prime Minister with several comparing his down-to-earth approach to former Prime Minister Hawke.

Mr. Albanese donned a white shirt, blue shorts and his favorite white Rabbitohs cap to play tennis at the Marrickville Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday.

Mr. Albanese donned a white shirt, blue shorts and his favorite white Rabbitohs cap to play tennis at the Marrickville Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday.

The Labor leader is believed to have received tennis instruction in the past from former tennis pro John Alexander, one of Albanese's political opponents before he stepped down as MP for Bennelong ahead of the last election.

The Labor leader is believed to have received tennis instruction in the past from former tennis pro John Alexander, one of Albanese’s political opponents before he stepped down as MP for Bennelong ahead of the last election.

The Grayndler MP showed decent technique as he served and moved freely down the court during a doubles game with friends.

The Grayndler MP showed decent technique as he served and moved freely down the court during a doubles game with friends.

Mr. Albanese occasionally stopped playing to take phone calls on the pitch

Mr. Albanese occasionally stopped playing to take phone calls on the pitch

Lachlan Harris, a former member of Kevin Rudd’s senior staff, said Albanese would operate very differently from his predecessor.

“We’ve had an era of hyper-professional, hyper-scripted, politically predictable politicians on both sides,” Harris said. Sydney Morning Herald.

‘He is a break with that. The deep and abiding authenticity of his and the real empathy of him for the people… is the greatest political asset of his and you can build a prime minister around that.’

Labour’s Tony Burke said his “leadership style” and “authenticity” would be similar to Hawke’s.

Former Labor minister Greg Combet added: “He will be more like Hawke in the way he runs the cabinet. There are a lot of talented people. [in the proposed ministry] who have had ministerial and cabinet experience.’

Mr. Albanese shares a love of sports with former Prime Ministers, including John Howard, who walked regularly, and Tony Abbott, who swam in his spare time.

The Labor leader is believed to have received tennis instruction in the past from former tennis professional John Alexander, one of Albanese’s political opponents before he stepped down as MP for Bennelong before the last election.

Mr. Albanese has previously promoted tennis as a great sport for “your mental health”.

‘It’s a very simple game; hitting a ball over a net between the lines, but you have to concentrate all the time,’ said Illawarra Mercury.

You can’t be thinking about other things. Whereas if you’re at a movie, you may be thinking about the press conference you have to do tomorrow, or a particular political issue you’re dealing with.

Mr Albanese was seen moments earlier leaving his home in Marrickville, in inner-west Sydney, carrying his racket and tennis equipment in a bag.

He wore a cap in support of his favorite NRL team, the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Mr Albanese was seen moments earlier leaving his home in Marrickville, in inner-west Sydney, carrying his racket and tennis equipment in a bag.

Mr Albanese was seen moments earlier leaving his home in Marrickville, in inner-west Sydney, carrying his racket and tennis equipment in a bag.

He wore a cap in support of his favorite NRL team, The Sydney Rabbitohs.

He wore a cap in support of his favorite NRL team, The Sydney Rabbitohs.

Mr Albanese has been a lifelong supporter of the club, appearing in federal parliament in 1999 to table a number of motions, including calling on the NRL to include South Sydney in the 2000 competition after they the team was expelled.

Since returning from the important Quad meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday, it appears that Albanese is running the country from his humble home in Marrickville as he waits for former Prime Minister Scott Morrison to leave The Lodge Prime Minister’s official residences in Canberra and Kirribilli. House. in Sydney.

The Inland West local has been seen picking up the newspaper in his pajamas twice in the past week, while on Friday he welcomed top government officials, including Stephanie Foster, the new secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, to his home.

On Saturday it appeared that Morrison would finally move out of Kirribilli House after he was seen leaving the residence with one of his daughters.

Mr Albanese has been a lifelong supporter of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, appearing in federal parliament in 1999 to table a number of motions, including a call for the NRL to include the team in the 2000 competition after they was expelled.

Mr Albanese has been a lifelong supporter of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, appearing in federal parliament in 1999 to table a number of motions, including a call for the NRL to include the team in the 2000 competition after they was expelled.

He sported the official club shirt having previously represented it to a relatively low degree at the Sydney Badge tennis competition.

He sported the official club shirt having previously represented it to a relatively low degree at the Sydney Badge tennis competition.

Albanese ended his first week as prime minister with a tennis match in Marrickville.

Albanese ended his first week as prime minister with a tennis match in Marrickville.

On Saturday it looked like Mr. Morrison would finally be moving out of Kirribilli after he was seen leaving the residence with one of his daughters (Mr. Morrison is pictured wearing a Cronulla Sharks cap)

On Saturday it looked like Mr. Morrison would finally be moving out of Kirribilli after he was seen leaving the residence with one of his daughters (Mr. Morrison is pictured wearing a Cronulla Sharks cap)

The former prime minister appeared to be in good spirits, as was Albanese, as he donned a Cronulla Sharks cap before getting behind the wheel of his Volkswagen.

Morrison has had a full week to vacate the heritage-listed mansion since losing the election and resigning as leader of the Liberal Party last Saturday.

Albanese was sworn in as the new prime minister on Monday and wasted no time in carrying out his duties as he flew to the Quad meeting in Tokyo, where he met with US President Joe Biden.

The prime minister was also quick to send Foreign Minister Penny Wong to Fiji in her first week in office to show the new government’s attention to the Pacific Islands.

Mr. Morrison got behind the wheel of his Volkswagen while one of his daughters sat in the passenger seat as the couple left Kirribilli House on Saturday.

Mr. Morrison got behind the wheel of his Volkswagen while one of his daughters sat in the passenger seat as the couple left Kirribilli House on Saturday.

Mr. Albanese was sworn in as the new prime minister on Monday and wasted no time in carrying out his duties as he flew to the Quad meeting in Tokyo, where he met with US President Joe Biden.

Mr. Albanese was sworn in as the new prime minister on Monday and wasted no time in carrying out his duties as he flew to the Quad meeting in Tokyo, where he met with US President Joe Biden.

“We need to respond to this because this is China looking to increase its influence in the region of the world where Australia has been the security partner of choice since World War II,” Albanese said.

Mr Albanese said “Australia dropped the ball” in its relations with the islands, largely because of Mr Morrison’s stance on climate change, and pledged to re-engage with them.

Many of the low-lying Pacific islands see climate change as their most pressing existential threat, while Morrison remained a strong supporter of Australia’s coal industry.

“We need to offer more support and otherwise we can see the consequences with the deal that was made with the Solomon Islands,” he said. “We know that China sees it as the first of many.”

Back home, Mr. Albanese has already been working to fulfill his election promises with his department working on a presentation to the Fair Work Commission to raise the minimum wage.

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