One of the most important things to note about the nature of the new Labor government is that it will be an Albanese Labor government — it was Albanese, as leader of the house, who more than any other person made the last Labor minority government work.
He is a superb negotiator and coalition builder: skills that will be crucial whatever the final numbers. And that sets the culture for his government. His Leader of the House, Tony Burke, is an equally wily negotiator.
Conflict fatigue: Not to be outdone for sycophancy, Tingle’s ABC colleague, Andrew Probyn, says it “would be unfair not to believe” Anthony Albanese’s “sincere intention” to usher in a new era of politics without disagreement. He cautions, however, that “even Tony Abbott” once called for more civility “but he couldn’t resist the scrum and returned to type.” Probyn, the national broadcaster’s political editor, says that on carbon dioxide emissions, the Prime Minister – “citing the fact he is a man of his word” – pledges to “keep his existing promise…” Feel the scrutiny.