Former Labor Leader Bill Shorten Takes Full Responsibility For Election Loss

Former opposition leader Bill Shorten says he's fully responsible for Labor's surprise loss at the federal election, and believes the party gave out too many messages in the lead-up.

Insisting he's given up his aim to be prime minister, Shorten did confirm he will recontest his inner Melbourne seat at the next election.

But he said he had to take responsibility for Labor's electoral loss in May because "I'd have owned it if I won".

"One thing that I did decide immediately right in the hour when I realised that we were going to lose is that I should take responsibility -- that's why I stepped down as leader," he told the Sunday Herald Sun.

"I just thought the buck stops with me at me so I've got take responsibility."

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Bill Shorten conceding defeat at the 2019 federal election. Photo: Getty Images.

The 52-year-old also said he thought Labor had too many messages going into the election.

"In a universe where you can re-run things -- of course we can't -- fewer messages," he said.

"I also accept that our proposals, our tax reforms around franking credits, created a sense of vulnerability and anxiety among older Australians which I clearly underestimated."

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Shorten has taken full responsibility for Labor's loss. Image: AAP Photos.

The former Labor leader responded "no" when asked if he wanted the top role again.

"I've hung up my leadership running shoes and I support Anthony (Albanese)," he said.

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However the election defeat hasn't put Shorten off politics or dampened his desire to represent people, and he plans to contest his seat of Maribyrnong at the next election.

"It is my intention to try and be in public life for the next 20 years," Shorten said.