Anthony Albanese vows to be first Australian PM to march in Sydney Mardi Gras parade

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02/11/2023

Anthony Albanese will be the first sitting Australian prime minister to march in Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras when he joins the parade for the WorldPridefestival. The prime minister says he will be joined by Foreign Minister Penny Wong, the first openly gay woman in parliament, when he takes part in the event later in February. “I’ll be the first prime minister not to watch the march on Mardi Gras, but to march,” he told a crowd at the official opening of Pride Square at Newtown, in Sydney’s inner west. In 2016, Malcolm Turnbull became the first sitting prime minister to attend the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, but he did not march in the parade.

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