All aboard the ‘Albo’ bus

By Nicole Cruickshank*

On a mild spring afternoon back in November, with the tail of winter still lingering, residents of the northern suburbs gathered at the Glenorchy Football Club to welcome Labor Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Cities and Tourism, Anthony Albanese, before attending his book launch at Fuller’s Bookshop in Hobart.

The atmosphere was warm and inviting as colleagues mingled and discussed recent events in their lives, the community and politics.

It’s inspiring to see such a diverse group of people come together to support their local and federal politicians who do their best to assist the community’s “Aussie battlers”.

Even the wait for beer to arrive when the taps weren’t working did not dampen the mood of this crowd and the old boys of Glenorchy who happily chatted away.

Once Mr Albanese arrived, the room was buzzing with excitement as people were walking up to greet him and introduce themselves.

As we boarded the Labor Party bus piloted by Derwent Labor MLC Craig Farrell with Denison Labor MP Scott Bacon and Mr Albanese for the trip to town, everyone was presented with a specially made bus ticket as a memento of the occasion and Jenni McLeod of Scott Bacon’s office took hold of the microphone to welcome everyone on board.

Arriving at Fuller’s Bookshop, it was overwhelming to see a full house of supporters. As the front two rows had been reserved for some of the constituents, others had to find a spot at the back of the room to stand.

While it was enjoyable listening to Mr Albanese discuss the biography about his life and career to date, it was also interesting to hear questions being put forward regarding Medicare and the treatment of refugees.

When the book signing was about to commence, “Albo” joked with guests that their books might be more valuable on eBay in the future if they only obtained his signature and not a personal inscription.

Waiting for the Albo bus to return and collect its passengers, it was delightful to hear so many people express their happiness at having the experience of the bus ride and the honour of meeting a federal politician in person.

It was a privilege to be onboard and talk to people about their local community.

 

*Nicole Cruickshank is a resident of the Glenorchy municipality.

Caption: Local residents preparing to board the “Albo” bus at Glenorchy to attend Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese’s book launch.

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