Anthony Albanese
Labor MP Anthony Albanese with his former wife and Labor politician Carmel Tebbutt.

It is rare in public life that we see a simple statement that declares a personal relationship is over. No media chase. No paparazzi getting flicked away or abused. No avoidance of questions and no scalp for mainstream journos to claim as their own.

Yet this is exactly what we saw over the break, when Anthony Albanese announced that he and his wife of 30 years, Carmel Tebbutt, had split. No drama. Just a declaration that it was over and that there was no third party involved: