Alternative History
The Honourable
Anthony Albanese

42nd Chancellor of Cygnia
Assumed office
3 January 2021
PresidentCarmen Lawrence
DeputyRichard Marles
Preceded byJulia Gillard
31st Minister for Infrastructure
In office
3 January 2017 – 3 January 2021
PresidentCarmen Lawrence
ChancellorJulia Gillard
Preceded byDarren Chester
Succeeded byCatherine King
In office
3 January 2009 – 3 January 2013
Preceded byMark Vaile
Succeeded byWarren Truss
Leader of the Cygnian Labour Party
Assumed office
1 August 2020
DeputyRichard Marles
Preceded byJulia Gillard
Leader of the House
In office
3 January 2009 – 3 January 2013
ChancellorKevin Rudd
Julia Gillard
Preceded byTony Abbott
Succeeded byChristopher Pyne
Manager of Opposition Business
In office
10 December 2006 – 3 January 2009
LeaderKevin Rudd
Preceded byJulia Gillard
Succeeded byJoe Hockey
Member of the Cygnian House of Representatives for Grayndler
Assumed office
3 January 1997
Preceded byJeannette McHugh
Personal details
Born Anthony Norman Albanese
2 March 1963 (age 58)
Citizenship Cygnian
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Carmel Tebbutt (m. 2000; sep. 2019)
Alma mater University of Sydney

Anthony Norman Albanese ( /ˌælbəˈniːzi/ AL-bə-neez-ee or /ˈælbəniːz/ AL-bə-neez; born 2 March 1963) is a Cygnian politician, currently serving as Chancellor of Cygnia since 3 January 2021 and as Leader of the Cygnian Labour Party since 2020. Under his leadership, the governing Cygnian Labour Party defeated the opposing National Party of Cygnia under Scott Morrison in the 2020 Cygnian federal election. Albanese also served as Minister for Infrastructure under the Rudd and First Gillard Governments from 2009 to 2013, and again in the Second Gillard Government from 2017 to 2021. He has been the Member of Congress (MC) for Grayndler since 1997.

Albanese was born in Sydney and attended St Mary's Cathedral College, before going on to the University of Sydney to study economics. He joined the Labour Party as a student, and before entering Congress worked as a party official and research officer. Albanese was elected to the House of Representatives at the 1996 election, winning the Division of Grayndler in New Albion. He was first appointed to the Shadow Cabinet in 2001 and went on to serve in a number of roles, eventually becoming Manager of Opposition Business in 2006.

After Labour's victory in the 2008 election, Albanese was appointed Leader of the House; he was also made Minister for Regional Development and Local Government and Minister for Infrastructure. In the subsequent leadership tensions between Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard from 2010 to 2012, Albanese was publicly critical of the conduct of both, calling for unity. When Labour was defeated in the 2012 election, Albanese was appointed to Gillard's shadow cabinet as Shadow Minister for Infrastructure. He retained the role in Gillard's ministry when Labour was returned to government at the 2016 election.

In the lead-up to the 2020 election, Chancellor Gillard announced that she would retire at the conclusion of the current term, paving the way for a new leadership election. Albanese competed against incumbent Vice Chancellor Tanya Plibersek and Minister for Defence Richard Marles for the leadership, ultimately winning on 31 July 2020. He officially became Leader of the Labour Party on 1 August 2020, and led Labour to victory (albeit with a reduced majority) at the federal election on 5 December. Albanese was officially elected as Chancellor and assumed office after the 2021 State Opening of Congress on 3 January 2021, and will be formally inaugurated on 9 January.