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Meet Anthony Albanese's former wife Carmel Tebbutt

The couple ended their 30 year relationship in January 2019.

By Alex Lilly
In political news, Anthony Albanese has been confirmed as the new Labor leader.
"Honoured to be elected 21st Leader of @AustralianLabor. Thank you to members of caucus, rank and file members and affiliates for your support," the 56-year-old MP for Grayndler tweeted on Monday.
"Together we can return our great Party to government in three years time."
Mr Albanese was tipped to be the new Labor leader shortly after the recent federal election, but what do we know about his personal life?
Well, a lot has happened for Mr Albanese recently.
In a short statement back in January 2019, the Labor MP said: "I am deeply saddened that my relationship of over 30 years with Carmel Tebbutt has ended in separation."
"We will continue to share parenting responsibilities of our 18-year-old son Nathan, who has successfully completed his HSC and has developed into an outstanding young man who we are both proud of.
"There are no third parties involved."
Despite the split, Mr Albanese thanked his ex-wife at his first press conference as Labor leader.
"To my partner of 30 years, Carmel, I thank you for your love, your support and your advice over all of those years,' he told reporters in Sydney on Monday.
"Our relationship has changed, but I have nothing but best wishes for her future."
Anthony and Carmel, who met in the late 1980s, were quite the political power couple, with Mr Albanese entering Federal Parliament in 1996 while Ms Tebbutt first entered the NSW upper house in 1998.
The two tied the knot in 2000 and share one son, Nathan.
Anthony and Carmel met in the 1980s and married in 2000. (Image: AAP)
"My special thanks go to my partner and best friend, Carmel Tebbutt, for her constant support, advice and outstanding political judgement," he said in his maiden speech as the Federal Member for Grayndler.
Ms Tebbutt has quite an impressive resume herself.
She started working for the NSW Government in 1999 as the Minister for Juvenile Justice and then served as Minister for Health, Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Climate Change and the Environment.
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She then moved up the ranks to become the first ever female deputy premier of NSW, serving under leaders Nathan Rees and Kristina Keneally between 2008 and 2011, before resigning from state politics at the 2015 NSW election.
She is currently chief executive of the NSW Mental Health Coordinating Council.
Carmel Tebbutt was NSW's first ever female deputy premier. (Image: AAP)
The day after Labor's election loss, Albanese launched his pitch for the job as opposition leader and is set to become the official pick in the next few days.
"I believe I'm the best person to lead Labor back into government," Mr Albanese said on Sunday.
"We've lost three elections in a row. That has an impact on those Australians who rely upon us to improve their education, to look after their health care, to build public transport infrastructure."