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Labor in the air tonight. Turning back asylum seeker boats was the hot topic at the Queensberry Hotel in Carlton last night, as members of Labor Left started their national conference weekend with a fundraiser for candidate Sophie Ismail. The small room was packed with rusted-on Labor types, as well as a strong showing of students to hear Anthony Albanese voice his opposition to Bill Shorten's announcement that he wanted Labor to adopt a policy of turning back asylum seeker boats. Albanese's words got a good reaction in the room, with Ismail also saying that she opposed turnbacks. He did however court controversy by saying that he was no fan of musician Phil Collins, saying "everything he's done is shit". Albo was very popular as he worked the room, but Crikey was snubbed. Ouch, Albo.