If he won on Saturday, Anthony Albanese would go down in history as the first Australian Prime Minister to be separated from his wife after a marriage breakdown.
Since the introduction of no-fault divorce in 1975, oppositions in Australia have lost eight elections with a divorced and remarried leader, even as the US and UK have elected leaders who had gone through separation.
Albanese’s estranged wife, Carmel Tebbutt, former deputy premier of New South Wales, announced their separation in January 2019 after nearly 19 years of marriage.
If he won on Saturday, Anthony Albanese would make history as the first Australian prime minister to be divorced or separated after a marriage breakdown (the Labor leader is pictured center with his son Nathan and girlfriend Jodie Haydon)
Anthony Albanese makes his debut as new Prime Minister
FIRST to be divorced or separated
FIRST with an Italian or non-Anglo or non-Irish surname
FIRST The Labor leader has won opposition as a former minister since 1914 during the First World War
FIRST the former chairman of NSW Young Labor will take office since 1991
SEVENTH practicing Catholic
ELEVENTH prime minister representing a Sydney constituency
THIRD Prime Minister whose spouse holds elected office
The couple had met at NSW Young Labor in the late 1980s.
The would-be future prime minister later said he ‘didn’t see it coming’ when Ms Tebbutt abruptly ended their marriage on New Year’s Day in 2019.
‘I found it very hard. The relationship was 30 years old,’ he told ABC Radio in 2022.
Mr Albanese said the couple’s only child, their son Nathan, had just completed his HSC exams and had been 18 when Ms Tebbutt dumped him.
“It’s made for a difficult time. I will definitely always, always remember New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day for this momentous event in my life,’ he said.
“I think part of going through a tough time and coming out the other side is acknowledging that you’re going through it. I found it very hard. The relationship was 30 years old.
Mr Albanese, 59, has since moved on with Jodie Haydon, 43, 43, who is 16 years younger than him.
The pair were first spotted kissing at an upscale restaurant in Sydney in June 2020.
He enjoyed a strong relationship with his son who was only 18 when his parents divorced.
In March 2019, Mr Albanese took three weeks off and traveled to London and Portugal – a trip he credits with helping him heal from the breakup.
“I had to stop trying to figure it out and just accept it and accept that it was a decision that had been made and that she was moving on with her life in a different direction and that I had to do the same,” he said. -he declares.
If Albanese wins on Saturday, he would also be Australia’s seventh Catholic Prime Minister (he is pictured with girlfriend Jodie Haydon)
How Anthony Albanese and Carmel Tebbutt met
The pair had met at NSW Young Labor in the late 1980s, when the left-wing Albanese faction still controlled the young wing of the party.
They were both already in politics when their son Nathan was born 21 years ago
Albanese, a former political adviser and Deputy General Secretary of Labor for NSW, would win the federal seat from Grayndler in Sydney’s mid-west in March 1996 when Labor was forced out of office after 13 years.
Tebbutt won the Marrickville state electorate in a September 2005 by-election, triggered by the retirement of former Deputy Prime Minister Andrew Refshauge, whose old job she would get three years later. late.
But she had previously been in the NSW state upper house since 1998 – two years before becoming a wife and shortly after a mother
“You can become attached to trying to understand someone else’s decisions and thought processes.”
In March 2020, he attended a dinner party in Melbourne where he met his future partner Ms Haydon.
The ardent South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL supporter said he took the stage and addressed the guests.
“I said there was always a random Southern supporter in the room and she yelled ‘yes, me. Come on bunnies,” he said.
Mr Albanese said he was moving around the reception introducing himself to other guests when he met Ms Haydon.
“She turned out to live in Sydney’s mid-west and we had a lot in common,” he said.
“She suggested we might like to catch up, so we had a beer and found we got along pretty well.
“We had a beer a few weeks later and things went from there. It’s nice to have someone to spend time with.
Mr Albanese said he was ‘protective’ of their relationship.
“I’m the one running for public office,” he said.
“Jodie has to put up with… if we’re dining out, put up with the people coming in and the pictures and all that. But that’s part of the deal, that’s part of who I am.
Ms. Haydon has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry, according to her LinkedIn profile.
She lives on the central coast of New South Wales and comes from a family of teachers – with her parents and grandparents teaching in the classroom.
The US has had divorced and remarried presidents, in Republicans Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump, while the UK has Boris Johnson, a conservative prime minister with a colorful love life.
Albanese’s estranged wife, Carmel Tebbutt, former Deputy First Minister of New South Wales, announced their separation in January 2019 after nearly 19 years of marriage (she is pictured looking after the cavoodle of the Federal Labor leader in Sydney as he campaigns in Perth)
But since the Labor government of Gough Whitlam introduced no-fault divorce in 1975, the Liberal and Labor oppositions have lost eight elections with a divorced and remarried leader.
Losers have included on the Liberal side Andrew Peacock (1984 and 1990) and John Hewson (1993), and on the Labor side Kim Beazley (1998 and 2001), Mark Latham (2004) and Bill Shorten (2016 and 2019).
Labor PMs Bob Hawke and Paul Keating divorced after leaving office.
Divorced and remarried executives who lost
ANDREW PEACOCK: 1984 and 1990
JOHN HEWSON: 1993
KIM BAZLEY: 1998 and 2001
BRAND LATHAM: 2004
SHORTENED INVOICE: 2016 and 2019
Only one prime minister had never married, Australia’s only female PM Julia Gillard of the Labor Party who ruled Australia from 2010 to 2013.
John McEwen, who briefly served as Country Party Prime Minister after Harold Holt drowned in December 1967, was the only widowed Australian leader in office.
Billy Hughes married a second time in 1911, five years after the death of his first wife and four years before becoming the pro-conscription Labor and later Nationalist Prime Minister, from 1915 to 1923.
If opinion polls prove accurate, Albanese would be the first prime minister since the Federation without an Anglo or Irish surname.
The 59-year-old Labor leader takes his surname from his late Italian father Carlo who had met his mother Maryanne on a cruise ship.
The future prime minister was raised by his single mother in council housing in Sydney’s now gentrified inner west.
Albanese would also be Australia’s seventh Catholic Prime Minister, declaring it one of his three key religions along with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Australian Labor Party.
It would happen 93 years after Australia elected its first Catholic leader, James Scullin, in October 1929, just before the Wall Street crash and the Great Depression.
If Labor won on Saturday, Albanese would become Australia’s 31st prime minister with an Italian surname. The Labor leader takes his surname from his Italian father Carlo, who met his mother Maryanne met on a cruise ship in 1962 (he is pictured with his late father, far right, in 2011 with his wife of then Carmel Tebbutt and his son Nathan
The new estranged couple had met at NSW Young Labor in the late 1980s, when the left-wing Albanese faction still controlled the young wing of the party (they are pictured at Parliament House Mid Winter Ball