Political leaders must discard rusted-on ideologies and embrace compassion, Albanese says

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Anthony Albanese says political leaders must not “walk past those who are in need or suffering” while declaring the Covid-19 pandemic has dispelled some “dangerous fantasies” about individualism.

In a speech aiming to reach out to faith groups on Monday, the Labor leader will cite the parable of the Good Samaritan and say that “our care for others should be neither conditional nor transactional”.

Taking a veiled swipe at the Coalition, Albanese will observe that the pandemic has resulted in “political parties that are more instinctively tilted towards individualism setting aside their ideology as an indulgence ill-suited to the current reality”.

Albanese will also argue the declaration that “we’re all in this together” – something that Scott Morrison has said multiple times – must be a guiding philosophy rather than an empty mantra.

The speech, to an event organised by the Australian Christian Higher Education Alliance in what could be an el

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