Grace Tame has celebrated Anthony Albanese’s election victory saying ‘a grateful nation is crying with you’.
‘A grateful nation is crying with you. And who said I didn’t smile at the prime minister?’ she wrote.
Ms Tame shared a throwback photo of herself smiling with Mr Albanese at the 2022 Australian of the Year celebrations, which was taken moments after she greeted Scott Morrison with a stone-cold expression on her face.
‘Here’s to inclusion, integrity, diversity, truth, equity, respect, safety and change,’ Ms Tame wrote. ‘ better future. For all of us. For the planet.
‘Congratulations to @albomp, and to the people of Australia—for a triumph over corruption and abuse. A triumph of hope. Today was a victory for us all.’
The sexual assault survivor has been a vocal supporter of the Labor leader throughout his election campaign and was just one of millions of Australians who banded together to celebrate the Labor leader’s victory.
Mr Albanese addressed jubilant supporters in Sydney shortly before midnight on Saturday after receiving a concession call from Scott Morrison.
He said: ‘I say to my fellow Australians, thank you for this extraordinary honour.
‘Tonight the Australian people have voted for change. I am humbled by this victory and I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to serve as the 31st Prime Minister of Australia.’
‘My Labor team will work every day to bring Australians together, and I will lead a government, worthy of the people of Australia’.
Mr Albanese – who was raised in housing commission by a single mother – also paid tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister, saying: ‘Scott very graciously wished me well, and I think him for that, and I wish him well.
‘And I thank him for the service he has given to our country as Prime Minister. I would like to thank Jenny Morrison and their two daughters for their contribution and sacrifice as well.’
Outlining his priorities for the next three years, Mr Albanese said: ‘Together we can end the climate wars.
‘Together we can take advantage of the opportunity for Australia to be a renewable energy superpower.
‘Together we can work in common interests with business and unions to drive productivity, lift wages and profits.
‘I want an economy that works for people, not the other way around.
‘Together we can strengthen universal healthcare through Medicare. We can protect universal superannuation.
‘And we can write universal childcare into that proud tradition.’