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Anthony Albanese is accused of pandering to left-wing voters on Twitter #englishheadline #Anthony #Albanese #accused #pandering #leftwing #voters #Twitter

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Anthony Albanese has been accused of pandering to left-wing voters on Twitter instead of focussing on winning support from mainstream Australians after he used his Australia Day interview to criticise tennis legend Margaret Court.  

In a sombre doorstop interview on Australia Day, the Labor leader said there was no ‘justification’ for giving Court the Companion of the Order of Australia, the nation’s highest honour.

The award has caused controversy because of Court’s opposition to same sex marriage and transgender rights.

A senior Labor MP told Daily Mail Australia that Mr Albanese was trying to impress ‘woke’ voters online when he Tweeted that Court’s nomination had ‘nothing to do’ with tennis. 

Anthony Albanese (pictured) has been accused of pandering to left-wing voters on Twitter

Mr Albanese falsely Tweeted that Court's nomination had 'nothing to do' with tennis

Mr Albanese falsely Tweeted that Court’s nomination had ‘nothing to do’ with tennis

‘If I was the leader and that story hit, I would hope that I wasn’t asked about it because it’s a no win,’ the MP said.

‘But he doesn’t wait to be asked, he goes and tweets about it and his tweet was aligned with the Twittersphere.’ 

The MP also slammed Mr Albanese for failing to the criticise the ABC when it labelled Australia Day as Invasion Day.

The national broadcaster published an online events guide on Sunday with the title ‘Australia Day/Invasion Day 2021 events’, before removing the reference to Invasion Day three hours later after a complaint from Communications Minister Paul Fletcher.  

‘It was a missed opportunity, and why? Because The Twittersphere loves the ABC,’ the MP said.

A former staffer turned campaign consultant told Daily Mail Australia that Labor was ‘obsessed’ with Twitter and should instead focus of winning votes in the ‘real world’. 

‘Labor seems institutionally obsessed with twitter, there’s a lot of evidence pointing towards them weaponising their supporters there to promote content, but the experience in campaigns here and overseas indicates that kind of stuff has zero real world impact, it’s not moving votes at all,’ said the consultant who asked not to be named. 

‘The Biden campaign in the States made it really clear they were going to ignore Twitter, and successful campaigns here have done the same thing,’ he added. 

Australia Day revellers at The Mercantile Hotel in The Rocks in Sydney on January 26

Australia Day revellers at The Mercantile Hotel in The Rocks in Sydney on January 26

Tennis legend Margaret Court (pictured) has said she will not return her Australia Day award

Tennis legend Margaret Court (pictured) has said she will not return her Australia Day award

Also on Tuesday, Mr Albanese said Australia Day was a ‘difficult day’ for the country’s First Nations who suffered ‘dispossession’ and ‘violence’ at the hands of British colonisers.

In contrast, Prime Minster Scott Morrison gave a more upbeat message, saying the day was a chance to reflect on Australia’s success as a multicultural nation.

‘We have overcome, survived and thrived,’ he said.

Contrary to Mr Albanese’s claims, 78-year-old Court, who is now a church pastor, said she was given the award for her achievements in tennis.

‘When I got my AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) it was for my community outreach area, where we put out 75 tonnes of food a week.

‘This was for my tennis and it was a long time coming and I’m very honoured… We did nothing but play for our nation,’ she told Melbourne radio 3AW.

Court holds the world record for the most singles grand slams after winning 24 titles in her career.  

Austrlian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks while standing with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II during an Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony in Canberra on Tuesday

Austrlian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks while standing with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II during an Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony in Canberra on Tuesday

Respected broadcaster Kerry O’Brien rejected his Australia Day award in protest at the ‘insensitive’ decision to honour Court, while LGBTQI advocate Dr Clara Tuck Meng Soo said she would hand back the medal she received in 2016. 

It comes as Mr Albanese faced criticism from former leader Bill Shorten over his ‘tiny’ policy agenda.  

Launching a collection of essays by members of the Labor Right faction, Mr Shorten argued the party must ‘stand for something’ if it wanted to win. 

‘I have learnt the lessons of defeat and I have learnt, and the party has learnt, the dangers of taking too large or too cluttered a policy agenda to the electorate… But the polar opposite of a tiny agenda is not the right way either,’ he said. 

Mr Albanese has so far only announced one major policy which is to increase childcare subsidies from 85 per cent to 90 per cent.

Late last year rumours swirled in Canberra of a potential leadership spill against Mr Albanese who has struggled to compete with Mr Morrison – but no other candidates have put their hands up.

One Labor source told Daily Mail Australia the party was ‘sleepwalking’ to another defeat. 



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