Anthony Albanese reins in knockabout charm in race to be Australia prime minister

Mr Anthony Albanese's transformation - including a loss of weight, new glasses and fitted suits - has stemmed partly from his determination to show he is not a left-wing radical. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM ANTHONY ALBANESE/FACEBOOK
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SYDNEY - The leader of Australia's Labor party, Mr Anthony Albanese, who is currently favoured to win the upcoming federal election, has sometimes been likened to Bob Hawke, a popular down-to-earth former Labor prime minister.

Like Mr Hawke, "Albo", as he is often known, has had a beer named after him. But since becoming party leader, Mr Albanese has become noticeably more restrained and self-controlled - a transformation that risks denting his appeal.

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