Bill Shorten wants to stay at Labor & # 39; s frontbench despite losing two elections.
While Labor among him has won 55 Newspolls in a row since 2016, the former union leader remained unpopular with voters and his party lost at least four seats on May 18.
Mr. Shorten consistently supported Malcolm Turnbull and his successor, Scott Morrison, in the Prime Minister's preference, even though the liberal party had changed its leader twice in less than three years.
He was the most unpopular Labor leader for the longest time since Newspoll started in 1985.
Bill Shorten (pictured with his wife Chloe) wants to stay on Labor & # 39; s frontbencher despite losing two elections
The departing opposition leader hopes to remain on Labor & # 39; s frontbench, under the party's upcoming leader, Anthony Albanese, with a portfolio of health scales or a more junior National Disability Insurance program.
The member for Maribyrnong, in the west of Melbourne, is now the first Labor leader since Kim Beazley lost two elections in 2001 without acting as Prime Minister, leaving him in the same dubious company as the late Arthur Calwell.
However, when Labor was last in the government, Mr. Shorten had created the NDIS as a secretary for the disabled when Kevin Rudd was prime minister.
It was during this time, in 2010, that he moved to install Julia Gillard as Prime Minister before plotting to breathe new life into Mr Rudd three years later.
The federal Caucus of Labor will meet on Thursday in Canberra, where the dominant Left and Right factions are expected to determine frontbench positions.
While Mr. Shorten hopes to seize the health portfolio, the existing spokeswoman Catherine King of Labor is expected to remain determined in her role.
During the election, Labor had promised to spend more than a decade spending $ 4.5 billion on financing the medical costs of cancer patients and another $ 9.3 billion in free dental care for retirees.
The departing opposition leader hopes to remain Labor & # 39; s frontbench with a portfolio for health or national disability insurance
Mr Shorten, who is from the Right Faction, is being replaced by Mr Albanese, a left-wing party who has been chosen unhindered.
Mr Albanese had lost the Labor Leadership vote to Mr Shorten in 2013, despite having 60 percent support from party members, while the federal caucus supported Mr Shorten.
Some Labor MPs believe that Mr. Shorten still has leadership ambitions, despite the loss of a & # 39; non-closable & # 39; election, which followed instability of leadership in the liberal party.
With Tanya Plibersek from the left to be replaced by Judge Richard Marles, Senator Penny Wong in South Australia will be the oldest woman on the Opposition front bench.
Senator Wong, a left-winger who was born in Malaysia, is expected to remain in the foreign business portfolio and keep her duties as senate leader.
With Tanya Plibersek from the left to be replaced as a substitute by Richard Marles, the South Australian senator Penny Wong (photo), is the oldest woman on the Opposition front bench
South Australian senator Don Farrell becomes the deputy leader in the Senate, co-defeating Kristina Keneally, a former New South Wales prime minister.
Queensland MP Jim Chalmers, from the right, is expected to be called Shadow Treasurer, while Mr. Albanese has promised that Sunshine State representatives would have an important presence in his shadow closet.
Labor's failure to make contact with voters in Queensland was seen as a major reason for their election loss, with the opposition losing the Townsville-based seat of Herbert with a 8.2 percent swing.
The opposition also suffered 11.5 percent fluctuations in the regional seats of Capricornia and Dawson, centered around Rockhampton and Mackay, while Labor had to contend with the Indian miner Adani's plan for Galilee Basin.
Both seats in Central and Northern Queensland overlap with the state's labor settlements.
Labor also came close to losing former Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan & # 39; s old northern Brisbane seat of Lilley.
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