Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese was discharged from hospital after being injured in a car accident.
The 57-year-old Labor leader left Royal Prince Alfred’s hospital on Saturday afternoon, telling reporters waiting that he had been injured externally and internally and had suffered significant shock immediately after the impact.
Mr Albanese’s car was reportedly “T-boned” on Friday afternoon by a 17-year-old driver in a Range Rover on Hill Street, Marrickville, on his way home from his polling station.
“I hope this experience will lead this young man to become one of the safest drivers Australia has ever seen,” he said.
He noticed that the young driver apologized to him at the time of the accident.
The Labor leader, who will run against Prime Minister Scott Morrison as Australia’s alternative prime minister in the next general election, was detained in hospital overnight on Friday and is in need of outpatient medical assistance.
“We all hoped 2021 would be better than 2020,” he said.
“I have always been very confident that I will be able to master the challenges of 2021. After yesterday I am not only confident, I am absolutely sure of that.”
Mr. Albanese praised the hospital staff for their care and noted that Australia had the best healthcare system in the world.
He said Kerry Packer came to see the Royal Prince Alfred when he had a heart attack, as did his working-class single mother.
“Whether you’re the richest Australian or a retiree, you get the same level of care,” he said.
He gave a “call” to an off duty nurse who assisted him immediately after the accident.
The opposition leader said he would hold the federal government accountable and come up with a better plan for Australia’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
The 17-year-old Beverly Hills driver was not injured in the incident, but was given a ticket for negligent driving.