'We start again': Anthony Albanese's plan to reform Labor's policies

Elias Hubbard
May 22, 2019

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen is still weighing up whether to run for the leadership.

NEWLY re-elected Richmond MP Justine Elliot has thrown her support behind Anthony Albanese in his bid to become the next leader of the Labor party. Shadow minister for agriculture Joel Fitzgibbon is also considering running.

"What I didn't waking up thinking on Sunday morning was that all of the sudden the tax system is fair; I didn't wake up suddenly on Sunday thinking we don't need to spend any more money on health and education".

Mr Albanese has stressed he won't take a unilateral approach to policymaking if he convinces the federal Labor Party to make him their leader.

Speaking outside his childhood home in western Sydney, Bowen said the Morrison government had no plans or policies for economic growth, insisted the fight to claim top spot in the Labor Party was not a factional ballot, and defended the party's franking credits policy - which he designed.

Between the election and Bill Shorten stepping down as Labor leader, there's been a lot of feelings.

"There are issues that need re-examining", he told ABC's 7.30 program on Monday.

"It's up to the caucus".

Plibersek said she would stay as deputy until the leadership was determined.

I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

"I'm not running to compare myself to any potential candidate or any real candidate", he told Melbourne's 3AW radio.

He adds that he and Mr Bowen will remain friends no matter the outcome. "He has been an inclusive leader and is someone who has campaigned on a policy agenda in the interests of working people and is someone who has my respect", Mr Albanese said.

Labor MP Jim Chalmers, who hails from the right, said on Monday night he was considering a tilt at the position.

Tanya Plibersek says she understands that some people will be disappointed by her decision not to run.

"I'm considering it. I'm talking to my colleagues about it".

Chalmers, 41, from the right and a Queenslander, told the ABC's Q&A:"I want to play a substantial role in the rebuilding of our electoral fortunes, a rebuilding of our policies up to the next election".

Ms Plibersek confirmed on Monday she would not run for leader but meant to stand again for the deputy position.

"Now is not my time", she said in a statement yesterday.

"He is a great guy and I think he would make a great Labor leader and a great Prime Minister".

Albanese served as the deputy PM when Labor was last in government in 2013 and as the party's spokesman for infrastructure under Shorten's leadership.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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