Albo Is Officially Labor Leader After Every Other Contender Dropped Out
Anthony Albanese has officially become the new Labor leader, after running unopposed.
The Member for Grayndler had all-but-confirmed the role last week when his last rival, Jim Chalmers, pulled out of the race.
"Honoured to be elected 21st Leader of Australian Labor," Albo tweeted on Monday morning.
"Thank you to members of caucus, rank and file members and affiliates for your support.
"Together we can return our great Party to government in three years time."
It means Australia is looking at an Albo vs ScoMo election campaign in a few years time, as both parties have made reforms to avoid the never-ending leadership spill drama that has engulfed Australian politics over the past few years.
Albanese will be holding a press conference at 12 pm.
Victorian MP Richard Marles is in line to be his deputy, again being the only person with his hat in the ring for the job on Monday.
Both men have promised to talk to voters who didn't vote Labor in a bid to make sure they understand last Saturday's shock election loss.
"It's really important that we understand what happened at the election. It's important we make sure we're talking to the widest range of people we can," Marles said on Sunday.
Albanese has also promised to talk to voters outside the Canberra and Labor bubbles in a bid to convince them his party can better represent them.
Labor has had a man and woman in the leadership team since 2001, except for a three-month stint in 2013 after Kevin Rudd got his revenge on Australia's first female prime minister Julia Gillard.
But Victorian MP Clare O'Neil dropped out of the race for deputy after her colleagues told her she needed more experience bringing the party together behind a leader.
"Richard Marles has got the skills and the qualities and the experience at this stage to be able to do that job really well," she said.
Marles said it was important to maintain the party unity that Bill Shorten instilled in Labor after the tumultuous Rudd-Gillard years.
"Certainly I hope I can be a force for unity in the party," he said.
Labor's entire front bench also faces a shake-up following last weekend's unexpected federal election loss.
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