Not so Easy Peasy for Albanese!
Factional right-wing hack, Union boss, and Gillard/Rudd loyalist Bill Shorten is widely-tipped tipped to become the next leader of the Labor party despite leadership rival Anthony Albanese being more popular amongst voters.
A Reach Tel poll of 1800 people conducted by Fairfax Media shows Mr Albanese leads Mr Shorten as preferred Labor leader, 58 per cent to 42 per cent, in both Victoria and NSW.
Mr Albanese, the former deputy prime minister, is also considered a better leader and manager of the economy, even in Mr Shorten’s home state of Victoria, while in NSW he has a 61-39 percentage lead, Fairfax reports.
Among Labor voters, each candidate received highest support in their respective states, however, in the new caucus, Mr Shorten appears set to win the vote with the backing of the dominant Right faction, which outnumbers the Left 48-38.
Some Right faction members say Mr Shorten will win between 50 and 52 votes.
However, the result will not be known until Sunday, when the rank-and-file count will also be revealed and the final result announced.
Mr Shorten said he had used the four-week campaign for the Labor leadership to articulate a “mandate for change” on key policy ideas..
He said he wanted Labor to be the party of science, research and innovation, and to “reach out” to new constituencies such as small business.
He said he also wanted to pursue action on domestic violence, and ensure people on the disability pension weren’t treated like second-class citizens.
Without a hint of irony, Bill Shorten said Labor had “largely lost the last election as a result of disunity.”
He said the party had work to do on policies, but it had got it right on fundamental issues such as its support for a price on carbon and the NBN.