Opinion

What happens when State Daddy Anthony Albanese takes on Daggy Dad Scott Morrison?

By Blair Williams
Updated May 3 2022 - 7:28am, first published 7:08am
The PM attends the Royal Easter Show in Sydney; and right, Albanese visits Bluesfest at Byron Bay with his partner Jodie Haydon. Pictures: James Croucher, Sitthixay Ditthavong

It's no secret that Australian politics is overwhelmingly masculine. Yet conceptions of political masculine identity have differed based on party lines. Labor prime minister Bob Hawke portrayed himself as an Aussie larrikin, while his predecessor Paul Keating presented a particularly aggressive persona in parliament to establish his authority as a leader. Liberal prime ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott capitalised on the prevailing mood of the post-9/11 era by channeling a strong fatherly protector role that promised to keep Australians safe while tacitly reinforcing feelings of fear and uncertainty.

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