Albanese to run against Shorten

Anthony Albanese has declared himself the best candidate to lead the Labor party, and will contest Bill Shorten’s bid for leadership.

Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese

“I’m standing for the Labor leadership because I firmly believe that I’m the best candidate to lead Labor back into government at the next election” Albanese told the press on Friday.

“I’m standing for the Labor leadership because I have the policy credentials developed over a long period of time.

“I’m standing because, as a senior minister in the government for six years, I looked after infrastructure, transport, regional development, local government, broadband, communications and the digital economy.

“I did a good sound job in implementation of all our policies in those areas. I think I’m up to a hard job.

“My record shows that I have an ability to work with people – both across the Labor Party, but also across the parliament, in the community, and with the business sector”

Bill Shorten, who confirmed his candidacy earlier this week said if elected, he would not allow the incoming Coalition government to “tear down” Labor’s accomplishments of the past six years.

“I want to lead the rebuilding of our movement and to take the fight up to the Coalition in Australian politics” he told reporters.

“I am running because I believe that Labor can win the next election.

“I bring energy, I bring optimism, I’m hungry for victory, and these are qualities which are important to make Labor competitive to win the next election.”

Both candidates have promised a “civil debate”, with Shorten telling reporters that “I indicated to him (Albanese) that I will serve in whatever position he desires if he is successful”.

He said Australians wanted a Labor Party that sought to “unify and not divide.”

Albanese praised Shorten, saying he was a “friend of mine” and would make a great leader.

“He is a great communicator, someone who I thought played a critical role in the creation of disability services.

“Someone I am looking forward to working together in the future.”

Both men were also positive about the future of the Labor Party, even if they did not win the leadership.

Shorten said “I believe the Labor Party can be a competitive alternative at the next election while Albanese stated that “I believe in the Labor Party… I believe it is only Labor governments that truly look after the long term national interest.”

During the month-long leadership contest, former treasurer Chris Bowen will be acting Labor leader.

In a statement to reporters, Bowen stated that “today the Labor Party begins the process of becoming a bigger, more transparent, more open, more democratic party” and that both Shorten and Albanese were two very good candidates, with strong visions for the future.

http://www.news.com.au/national-news/federal-election/anthony-albanese-and-bill-shorten-to-contest-labor-leadership/story-fnho52ip-1226718203478

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-13/anthony-albanese-to-run-for-labor-leadership/4956100

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-12/bill-shorten-confirms-tilt-for-labor-party-leadership/4953866

 

Incoming Prime Minister Tony Abbott will live with Australian Federal Police recruits in a budget flat while The Lodge is being renovated.

Australian Federal Police College quarters in Barton

Abbott rejected the upmarket $3,000 rental offered to him and decided to stay in a $120-a-night student flat in Canberra.

Abbott could potentially live in the quarters for up to a year as the multi-million renovations on The Lodge are set to begin.

Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop said “I think it’s a good thing to save Australian taxpayer’s money by having Tony stay where his security detail stay” while former communications minister John McTernan pointed out that Ms Gillard had also stayed at the AFP flat without fanfare.

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http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-opts-for-modest-lodgings-20130915-2tsfw.html

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/09/15/10/05/abbott-chooses-budget-flat-over-the-lodge

 

Clive Palmer said he was going to take legal action against Rupert Murdoch after a scathing opinion piece was published by one of Murdoch’s papers.

Clive Palmer swagging out

The article in The Australian newspaper, titled ‘Why we need to worry about the real Clive Palmer’, questioned whether Australian voters should enable him to achieve “great political power”.

Palmer accused Murdoch of telling his reporters what to write and told Seven Network’s Sunrise program that “Murdoch will be sued by me today and will be brought to Australia to answer these questions in the Supreme Court”.

Palmer also made allegations about Murdoch’s estranged wife, Wendi Deng, on Nine Network’s Today Show, saying: “She’s been spying on Rupert for years, giving money back to Chinese intelligence.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-05/clive-palmer-threatens-to-sue-murdoch2c-claiming-wife-is-a-spy/4936982

 

Federal Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon admitted today that some of Labor’s election policies were written on the run but defended the campaign run by Kevin Rudd.

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“There were some policies on the run, there’s no doubt about that” he told ABC’s Insider’s program this morning. “I think Kevin was playing a bit of catch-up football, I’d expect that – we were coming from behind… I wouldn’t criticise him for trying.”

Fitzgibbon says the party performed better under Rudd’s leadership than it was expected prior to his reinstatement as leader in June.

“We can’t keep throwing out of the parliament people with his knowledge and experience because they’ve lost an election. No wonder we have troubles with our standards in the parliament.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-15/labor-mp-joel-fitzgibbon-admits-on-the-run-election-policies2c/4958754

 

Incoming Prime Minister Tony Abbott is “anguished” over the necessity of dumping people from his front bench.

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Liberal National Party Senator Ian MacDonald is one of the first to be removed from his position, resulting in “one of the worst” days of his life.

“The ecstasy of a new government and success in the North has turned a little sad with a phone call from Tony Abbott saying he has no room for me in the new ministry” said MacDonald.

Abbott paid tribute to MacDonald, who has been in parliament for more than 20 years, saying he would continue to be an “important part” of the team.

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Labor must never again choose a leader based on opinion polls, warns Julia Gillard.

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Breaking her silence for the first time since Kevin Rudd replaced her as Prime Minister, Gillard wrote in an essay to be cautious of politicians who “dedicate themselves to destabilising others and bringing the party into disrepute.”

The essay, published inĀ The GuardianĀ on Saturday, also wrote about her loss of leadership in the Labor Party, describing the feeling as “a pain that hits you like a fist, pain so strong you feel it in your guts, your nerve endings”.

However, Gillard did endorse both Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese as “two worthy candidates” for leading Labor.

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/gillard-urges-labor-to-move-on-20130914-2trin.html

Josh Flint is a University of Wollongong student studying a Bachelor of Journalism

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