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How Albanese Went From Public Housing Kid to Australia’s New PM

  • Near-fatal car crash prompted him to lose weight, remake image
  • ‘In Australia the doors of opportunity are open to us all’
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WATCH: Anthony Albanese has been sworn in as Australia’s 31st prime minister. Ben Westcott reports.Source: Bloomberg
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At a popular bar in the heart of Melbourne back in 2016, a slightly chubby middle-aged man stood behind a turntable leading the crowd in a sing-a-long to Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger.”

“It’s a good thing to have fun -- as well as fight Tories,” he yelled to the crowd, which responded with applause and chants of “Albo, Albo, Albo.”