Soon after Sydney’s Marrickville council announced in December to embrace boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel to force the Jewish to abide by international law --  Greens and Labor councillors supported the move -- federal Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese entered the debate.

In a news story in The Australian and an opinion piece in the same paper, the supposedly left-wing politician damned Marrickville’s decision as "unfortunate and misguided".