Albanese confirms Labor leadership challenge

Albanese confirms Labor leadership challenge

Former Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed to the Labor caucus he will contest the Labor leadership.

He will be running against senior Labor MP Bill Shorten, who announced his intention to contest the leadership yesterday.

In a press conference shortly after the caucus meeting in Canberra today, Mr Albanese said he believes he is the best person to lead the Labor Party to the next election. 

Under new ALP laws, the leader will be jointly chosen by the Labor caucus, and every ALP member in the country, a process that will take up to a month.

Former Treasurer Chris Bowen has confirmed he will serve as interim Labor Leader, until the leadership is decided upon.

He says the former Labor executive will form the Opposition Front Bench, with Richard Marles taking over the Defence portfolio, following the resignation of Stephen Smith.

Also speaking after the Labor caucus meeting, Mr Shorten said the ALP will have to fight hard as it moves on from the recent leadership tensions, but it’s crucial that it become a legitimate and effective Opposition.


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