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Federal election: Anthony Albanese pays tribute to late mum in final push to become PM

Anthony Albanese has given his strongest campaign performance yet, paying tribute to his late mother for having the courage to keep him as a child at a time when it was frowned on to be a single parent.

Speaking in Adelaide, Mr Albanese said that Maryanne would be “proud as punch” that he could be prime minister in a day’s time.

“She chose, in order to to deal with the pressures that were on a young Catholic woman at that time in those circumstances, to take my father’s name,” the Labor leader said, tears welling up in his eyes.

“And I was raised being told that he had died.

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