Labor leader Anthony Albanese emerges from COVID-19 isolation with rising power prices on the agenda

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Labor leader Anthony Albanese emerges from COVID-19 isolation with rising power prices on the agenda

Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese has rejoined the federal election campaign after spending a week in COVID-19 isolation. 

The Opposition leader tested positive to COVID-19 last week and has been making media appearances from inside his Sydney home.

He appeared on breakfast television and took his dog for a walk in the park this morning, but he did not hold a press conference.

Instead, Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers and Shadow Home Affairs Minister Kristina Keneally faced questions from the media.

Mr Albanese said that doctors have advised him that he will continue to feel fatigued as he recovers from the virus. 

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He took a few questions on the tarmac before boarding a plane to fly to Perth today to prepare for the Labor campaign launch on Sunday, adding that he will continue to take it easy.

“The doctors advise that when I’m feeling tired … I need to be conscious about that. I need to rest when I can and just be a bit sensible,” he told ABC News Breakfast.

Mr Chalmers said the Labor leader would face questions from the media in coming days.

He was asked why Mr Albanese did not hold a press conference after coming out of isolation, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison did amid flooding across Australia’s east coast.

“I’ll tell you the contrast with the Prime Minister. Anthony Albanese, he shows up, he takes responsibility, he works hard every day to bring people together,” Mr Chalmers said.

“And he acknowledges and has a plan for the cost-of-living crisis that has emerged on Scott Morrison’s watch.”

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As one Labor leader leaves COVID-19 isolation, another goes into home isolation, with Deputy Leader Richard Marles testing positive to the virus.(ABC News: Matt Roberts)

Just hours before Mr Albanese emerged from isolation, his deputy, Richard Marles, confirmed he had tested positive to COVID-19.

“I was looking forward to travelling west to attend Labor’s launch. This morning, after taking a routine test for COVID, I returned a positive result,” he said on Twitter.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison began his day on the campaign trail with a tour of a distillery in Hobart.

Power prices on the agenda

Power prices and the cost of living continue to be hot topics on the election campaign. 

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