ASK ALBO LIVE! An Australian politician who grew up in public housing talks about gentrification

Albo. One of Australia’s genuinely tough guys. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images / File)

Anthony Albanese has been having a fight that’s increasingly common for inner-city politicians around the world: the gentrification of his electorate. This is your chance to ask him in real-time about the trials.

“Albo”, as he’s known, is an icon of the Australian Labor Party. He’s a former government minister, an economics graduate, and a hugely well-known and well-liked name across the country. But the demographics of the voters he serves in inner Sydney have been changing. He has faced a significant threat from environmentally-conscious people who like The Greens.

He may have a great national profile, but you can’t influence anything in a parliament without a seat. So the fight in his own back yard has been a fascinating political challenge for a senior Australian politician. We caught up with him on Facebook Live at the Annandale School polling booth in his inner western Sydney electorate on the Business Insider Politics page . Here’s #democracysausage (the trending hashtag today, based on the fact that schools fundraise with a sausage and cake stalls during the vote) in action today.

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