Anthony Albanese is confirmed as Labor leader after no other contenders came forward to replace Bill Shorten
- Anthony Albanese elected without opposition to succeed Bill Shorten as Labor leader
- Former Deputy Prime Minister has released a statement confirming a new role
- He is the first federal Labor leader to have been chosen unimpeded since Kim Kimberley in 2005
Anthony Albanese has been confirmed as Labor & # 39; s new leader after his potential rivals withdrew from the race to succeed Bill Shorten.
The left faction-spear-bearer was elected unimpeded as the new Opposition leader nine days after the Coalition was surprisingly re-elected for a third consecutive period.
The son of an invalid pensioner, who grew up on a housing commission in southwest Sydney, is the first federal Labor leader to be chosen unhindered since Kim Beazley succeeded Mark Latham in January 2005.
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Anthony Albanese has been confirmed as Labor & # 39; s new leader after his potential rivals withdrew from the race to succeed Bill Shorten
The 56-year-old former Deputy Prime Minister issued a statement Monday morning confirming his new role.
& # 39; Honored to be chosen as the 21st leader of the Australian Labor Party & # 39 ;, he said on Facebook.
& # 39; Thank you to members of CAUCUS, members of the RUG and affiliated members for your support.
& # 39; Together we can bring our large party back to the government within three years. & # 39;
Mr Albanese had a clear run-up to Labor leadership following the withdrawal of co-left faction front bank Tanya Plibersek, who had been Mr Shorten's delegate for six years.
The member for Grayndler, in southwest Sydney, also had no competition from the Labor Right group after the departing shadow treasurer Chris Bowen withdrew from the leadership race.
He was the architect of Labor & # 39; s unpopular policy on negative gearing and postage, aimed at home investors and shareholder retirees.
Queenslander Jim Chalmers, who had been a Labor spokesperson, had also thought about fighting for leadership.
The left faction-spear-bearer was elected unimpeded as the new opposition leader, after his predecessor Bill Shorten (pictured with his wife Chloe) lost the elections
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