Former prime minister Kevin Rudd on the floor during the 2020 summit in Canberra, 2008 (Image: AAP/Stefan Postles)
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd during his 2020 summit in 2008 (Image: AAP/Stefan Postles)

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s jobs and skills summit will be his first contribution to the famed Labor tradition of crafting consensus through big-ticket events.

“We intend to bring together business, unions, civil society groups, other levels of government,” he said, angling for optimal inclusion when he announced the September summit at a press conference yesterday.

Albanese appears to be following the playbook of parley pioneer Bob Hawke, who rolled out the 1983 National Economic Summit almost immediately after taking office.