The 20-year veteran parliamentarian confirms his candidacy for the Grayndler seat in this year’s federal election, reports 9news.
Albanese told the reporters on Thursday that he has treated the seat “demanding” and marginal since he held it in 1996. “This is a politicised seat and people are active in their local community. That’s a great thing,” he said.
Reiterating his credentials as the original author of the Labor’s renewable energy targets and emission trading scheme, Albanese said that he will not take his position for granted unlike his rival. As he announced his candicacy, Albanese criticised his rival Grayndler Greens candidate Jim Casey for his “minimal connection to the area.”
He accused Casey of being busy with socialist activities.
“The current candidate has no local involvement, no local record and nothing to point to whereby he has engaged in the local community,” Albanese claims.
“The Greens political party candidate who has been chosen in this electorate has spent more time in the international socialist organisation than he has in the Greens political party,” Albanese added as he was quoted by The Sydney Morning Herald.
Jim Casey reacted to Albanese’s claims, saying that Albanese was running a “reds under the beds scare campaign.” He was also “sad” to see a prominent member of the Labor attacking someone for having “left-wing politics.”
Proposed boundary changes are partly backtracked by the Australian Electoral Commission. However, the new electorate covers most of two states currently held by the Greens, according to ABC News.
The Division of Grayndler is one of Australia’s smallest electorates in the Metropolitan Sydney, New South Wales. The division was created in 1949. It was named after Edward Grayndler (1867-1943), a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1921 to 1934 and 1936 to 1943, and General Secretary of the Australian Workers Union from 1912 to 1941.
It was a solidly working-class area, but migration and gentrification have since changed its demography.