Gaffe-prone Albanese stands aside

In a sensational development on just the second day of the federal election campaign Labor Party leader, Anthony Albanese, last night stepped aside in favour of former Hawke Government minister and party elder, Barry Jones.

Mr Albanese has also quit as Member for Grayndler to give Mr Jones –  a lifelong Melbourne resident –  the opportunity to move to Sydney and stand in the safe Labor seat.

The developments followed Mr Albanese’s stumble on the campaign trail yesterday when he could not cite the current Reserve Bank of Australia cash rate and the national bizarre, concocted and totally unbelievable unemployment rate.

A Labor Party source said the drafting of Mr Jones into the leadership would insulate the party against any wrong or incomplete answers to future questions from reporters similar to the ones that caught out Mr Albanese.

“Barry Jones is known as a polymath – a big brainbox – who rose to public prominence in the 1960s as a quiz show champion, especially from his appearances on the national TV show BP Pick a Box hosted by the late Bob Dyer (pictured),” the source said.

“Barry is known not only for his breadth of knowledge but the often minute explanations of his answers, as well as for the occasions when his personal knowledge even exposed faults in the question being asked of him.

“One thing is guaranteed, Barry will never get an answer wrong if it relies of knowing key facts like the ones Albo fucked up on when asked on Monday.”

Mr Jones was confirmed as party leader by a virtual hook-up of all federal Labor MPs last night.

Speaking from Melbourne after being elected unanimously as federal Labor Party leader (main picture), Mr Jones thanked his caucus colleagues for the confidence they had shown in him.

He went on to outline the history of leaders of the Labor Party since its foundation in 1891.

This morning he was reported to be still speaking and was canvassing the career of Labor’s second federal leader Andrew Fisher, focussing on the early months of the first of his three stints as Prime Minister of Australia from 1908 to 1909.