National Cabinet: Anthony Albanese meets Prime Ministers and Prime Ministers at The Lodge

Anthony Albanese hosted a dinner at The Lodge and tried to snap a few selfies with Australia’s most powerful politicians.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese invited some friends over for dinner and decided to take a few selfies.

The shots happened to catch every prime minister and prime minister in Australia.

Mr Albanese hosted the powerful plot at The Lodge on Thursday evening, ahead of his first national cabinet meeting in Canberra on Friday.

There were a few familiar faces in the mix, as well as some fresh names.

Mr Albanese himself took office less than four weeks ago.

But he wasn’t the only newcomer to the frame, including Northern Territory’s Natasha Fyles and Tasmanian Prime Minister Jeremy Rockliff in the mix.

Ms Fyles took control of the NT three weeks ago, while Mr Rockliff has been running Tasmania since April.

And while it may seem like an eternity in Covid years, South Australian Prime Minister Peter Malinauskas has only been there since March.

The dreaded (and now defunct) daily Covid-19 press conference meant that some attendees were household names.

Prime Ministers Mark McGowan, Dominic Perrottet and Daniel Andrews were all in the picture.

So were Annastacia Palaszczuk from Queensland and Michael Gunner from ACT.

Political leaders have plenty to discuss at Friday’s National Cabinet meeting.

Victoria and NSW want to overhaul early childhood education and Perrottet is also pushing for major changes in property taxes.

There’s the vexing issue of GST, grim economic numbers and hospital systems still in crisis, with states urging the federal government to increase funding for health care.

Of course, there are still monumental challenges to overcome after the Covid-19 pandemic.

And to top it all off, an energy crisis is unfolding on the east coast of Australia.

It may have been all smiles at The Lodge, but it’s going on Friday morning.

The leaders will arrive at Parliament House before the frost in Canberra has cleared their windshields.

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