Sunday 22 May 2022 04:01 AM Labor promises to implement Aboriginal policy in 'full', Uluru statement of the ... trends now

Sunday 22 May 2022 04:01 AM Labor promises to implement Aboriginal policy in 'full', Uluru statement of the ... trends now
Sunday 22 May 2022 04:01 AM Labor promises to implement Aboriginal policy in 'full', Uluru statement of the ... trends now

Sunday 22 May 2022 04:01 AM Labor promises to implement Aboriginal policy in 'full', Uluru statement of the ... trends now

Anthony Albanese started his first speech as Prime Minister by thanking the traditional owners of the land, before referring to the Uluru Statement of the Heart in a landmark address to indigenous Australians.

The 59-year-old has become Australia's 31st Prime Minister, addressing jubilant supporters in Sydney shortly before midnight after receiving a concession call from Scott Morrison

Twice in his opening speech as PM Mr Albanese referred to the document written in 2017 that asks for First Nations people to be recognised and established in parliament. 

'I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we meet. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and emerging. And on behalf of the Australian Labor Party, I commit to the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full,' he said.

'And I say to my fellow Australians, thank you for this extraordinary honour. Tonight, the Australian people have voted for change. I am humbled by this victory and I'm honoured to be given the opportunity to serve as the 31st prime minister of Australia.'

Anthony Albanese started his first speech as Prime Minister by thanking the traditional owners of the land, before referring to the Uluru Statement of the Heart

Anthony Albanese started his first speech as Prime Minister by thanking the traditional owners of the land, before referring to the Uluru Statement of the Heart

The Uluru Statement of Heart was written up in 2017 and asks for First Nations representatives to be included in Australian government

The Uluru Statement of Heart was written up in 2017 and asks for First Nations representatives to be included in Australian government

The Uluru Statement from the Heart was constructed in 2017 by Aboriginal elders and put forward as a petition by the First Nations National Constitutional Convention, which was held over four days.

The group met with more than 1,200 people around the country and drew up the statement, which calls for a 'First Nations Voice' in the Australian Constitution.

It asks for a supervised process of 'agreement-making' between the Australian government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives to ensure the country is governed universally.

It is a 'statement of acknowledgement' that asks for the Makarrata Commission to be involved with and oversee decision making that impacts Aboriginal Australians.

'In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future,' the Uluru Statement from the Heart reads.

In 2021, it was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize, and was centre stage for Anthony Albanese's landmark opening speech as Australian Prime Minister. 

'We can protect universal superannuation. And we can write universal childcare into that proud tradition. Together we can fix the crisis in aged care. Together we can make forward equal opportunity for women a national economic and social priority. Together we can and will establish a national anti-corruption commission,' he said in his victory address on Saturday night.

'Together we can be a self-reliant, resilient nation, confident in our values and in our place in the world. And together we can embrace the Uluru Statement from the Heart.'

Anthony Albanese (pictured with Penny Wong, girlfriend Jodie and son Nathan) has declared 'Aussies have voted for change' after securing a historic election win - and also blasted rowdy supporters in his victory speech

 Anthony Albanese (pictured with Penny Wong, girlfriend Jodie and son Nathan) has declared 'Aussies have voted for change' after securing a historic election win - and also blasted rowdy supporters in his victory speech

Anthony Albanese is pictured with his girlfriend Jodie (right) and his son Nathan as he addresses the Labor faithful

Anthony Albanese is pictured with his girlfriend Jodie (right) and his son Nathan as he addresses the Labor faithful

Labor supporters celebrate during the Labor Party election night event at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club

Labor supporters celebrate during the Labor Party election night event at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club

Labor supporters in Western Australia were overjoyed with the results in the state with four seats shifting to Western Australia

Labor supporters in Western Australia were overjoyed with the results in the state with four seats shifting to Western Australia 

Outlining his priorities for the next three years, Mr Albanese said: 'Together we can end the climate wars'. Pictured: Labor supporters in Sydney

Outlining his priorities for the next three years, Mr Albanese said: 'Together we can end the climate wars'. Pictured: Labor supporters in Sydney

Labor supporters celebrate as they watch the election results at the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club in Sydney

Labor supporters celebrate as they watch the election results at the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club in Sydney

Albanese's policies for a 'better future':

Housing: Labor proposed a 'Help To Buy' scheme, which would see the government take a 40% stake in up to 10,000 homes a year to help people earning less than $90,000 on to the property ladder.

Albanese will also create a $10billion Housing Australia Future Fund to build 30,000 new social and affordable housing properties in its first five years.

Health: The Labor leader pledged 50 first-aid clinics across the country if he wins the election.

Labor will also increase government subsidies for medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme by reducing the maximum cost for the patient from $42.50 to $30 per script.

Manufacturing: Labor will set up a $15billion National Reconstruction Fund to fund major manufacturing projects across the nation.

Electric Vehicles: Labor will spend $20billion to upgrade the electricity grid to improve transmission, roll out 85 solar banks and 400 community batteries and invest in 10,000 'new energy apprentices' alongside a $10million New Energy Skills Program.

The gender pay gap: Albanese vowed to introduce a law forcing companies to reveal how much they pay men and women if he becomes prime minister.

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'Tonight the Australian people have voted for change. I am humbled by this victory and I'm honoured to be given the opportunity to serve as the 31st Prime Minister of Australia.' 

'My Labor team will work every day to bring Australians together, and I will lead a government, worthy of the people of Australia'.

The joyous atmosphere took a strange turn when Mr Albanese reacted angrily to some rowdy supporters, pausing his speech to yell: 'Down. Down. Down. Down. No. No. 

'Can we have order, please? Can we have a bit of order? I intend to run an orderly government and it starts here, so behave.'

Mr Albanese - who was raised in housing commission by a single mother - also paid tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister, saying: 'Scott very graciously wished me well, and I think him for that, and I wish him well. 

'And I thank him for the service he has given to our country as Prime Minister. I would like to thank Jenny Morrison and their two daughters for their contribution and sacrifice as well.' 

Outlining his priorities for the next three years, Mr Albanese said: 'Together we can end the climate wars. 

'Together we can take advantage of the opportunity for Australia to be a renewable energy superpower. 

'Together we can work in common interests with business and unions to drive productivity, lift wages and profits. 

'I want an economy that works for people, not the other way around.

'Together we can strengthen universal healthcare through Medicare. We can protect universal superannuation. 

'And we can write universal childcare into that proud tradition.'

The Labor leader also vowed to implement a national anti-corruption commission after his party won from Opposition for only the fourth time since World War II.

His first task will be a Quad security meeting with Japan, the US and India on Tuesday in Tokyo.

At about 11pm Scott Morrison delivered a concession speech to devastated Liberal supporters after calling Mr Albanese to congratulate him on Labor winning power for the first time since 2013.

Speaking alongside his wife Jenny and two daughters to the Liberal faithful in Sydney, Mr Morrison said: 'Tonight, I have spoken to the Leader of the Opposition and the incoming Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese. 

'And I've congratulated him on his election victory this evening.

'I have always believed in Australians and their judgement and I've always been prepared to accept their verdicts.

'And tonight they have delivered their verdict and I congratulate Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party and I wish him and his government all the very best.' 

Mr Morrison, a Christian who prays every day, paid tribute to his family, saying: 'I still believe in miracles as I always have. 

'And the biggest miracles as I said three years ago were standing beside me and here they are again tonight with Jenny and my daughters. They are the greatest miracle in my life.' 

Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese (right) embraces his partner Jodie Haydon after winning the 2022 Federal Election

Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese (right) embraces his partner Jodie Haydon after winning the 2022 Federal Election

The Prime Minister-elect and his girlfriend Jade Haydon (pictured) share a kiss as they celebrate Labor's victory

The Prime Minister-elect and his girlfriend Jade Haydon (pictured) share a kiss as they celebrate Labor's victory

The raucous crowd chanted 'Albo, Albo, Albo' as Anthony Albanese's girlfriend Jodie Haydon claps in unison (pictured)

The raucous crowd chanted 'Albo, Albo, Albo' as Anthony Albanese's girlfriend Jodie Haydon claps in unison (pictured)

Scott Morrison (pictured with daughters) has delivered a concession speech to devastated Liberal supporters after calling Anthony Albanese to congratulate him on Labor winning power for the first time since 2013

Scott Morrison (pictured with daughters) has delivered a concession speech to devastated Liberal supporters after calling Anthony Albanese to congratulate him on Labor winning power for the first time since 2013

Nationally there was a two-party swing of 2.3 per cent from Liberal to Labor with nine Coalition seats looking set to switch to the ALP. Pictured: Scott Morrison and his family during his concession speech

Nationally there was a two-party swing of 2.3 per cent from Liberal to Labor with nine Coalition seats looking set to switch to the ALP. Pictured: Scott Morrison and his family during his concession speech

Mr Morrison said he will step down as Liberal leader at the next party meeting, with Defence Minister Peter Dutton favourite to take over. 

The teal independents - funded by multi-millionaire climate investor Simon Holmes a Court - decimated the Coalition in Sydney and Melbourne while the Greens also won a seat in Brisbane from the Liberals who suffered an 11 per cent collapse in their primary vote. 

Nationally there was a two-party swing of 2.9 per cent from Liberal to Labor with at least nine Coalition seats looking set to switch to the ALP, including Chisholm and Higgins in Melbourne, Boothby in South Australia, Reid in Sydney and Robertson on the NSW Central Coast.

There was a massive swing against the Liberals in Western Australia with the seats of Swan, Pearce, Hasluck and Tangney - which had a big 11 per cent margin - turning red.

The independents have won at least five Liberal seats, picking up Wentworth, North Sydney,

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