Albanians get by with ease abroad, but challenges lie ahead at home

After a fast start on the international stage, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese must now grapple with some major economic issues.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (Image: AP/Kyodo)

The prime minister is expected to have enjoyed his first five days in office. It will never be that easy again, but it has been the ideal start. A meeting with key regional allies and the US president, a grand rapprochement with the Pacific, a return to rave reviews. All the problems are created by your opponents, who are busy arguing with each other why they lost so much.

The change in tone of the press gallery is remarkable. Dismissed for much of the past three years, his small-target strategy ridiculed, Albanese couldn’t win, or so most political journalists had decided. Few really knew how hated Scott Morrison really was. Indeed, stuck in Canberra for most of the last two years, political journalists had little idea what the majority of voters thought.

The first signs came as the governments of Queensland and Western Australia cashed in electorally on the pandemic lockdowns to the astonishment of the Canberra press gallery, which had bought into the liberal narrative that freedom-loving Australian voters were dying. Wanting to escape the confinements.

Read more about the challenges facing the prime minister after his successful trip abroad.

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