I welcome Anthony Albanese’s likely ascension to the leadership of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party.
In Labor, we have a strong pool of talent. From this pool and at this time, Anthony is the person best equipped to get us back on our feet and in business after the election loss.
There are few more Labor to the core than “Albo”. He’s an icon amongst our supporters. He will reconnect us those that left us. He will connect us to those are interested in us but not quite there yet. He will win over a new generation of supporters for Labor in rural, regional and metropolitan Australia.
Anthony also has a long personal association with the Coffs and mid-north coasts. He’s a big fan of the area spends quite a bit of personal time up our way.
In political environments, Anthony and his staff were always talking to me about issues here in Cowper. He regards his stewardship of the Rudd and Gillard governments’ policy to build the Pacific Highway between Port Macquarie and Tweed Heads as one of his proudest achievements to date.
He’s also been a big champion of the Melbourne to Brisbane high speed rail project, which under his plan will have stations in Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.
All in all, so soon after a devastating loss, I think it is great to see the party unite behind Albo so quickly. It is positive for the party, politics, parliament and country.
I also fully support the statement of Joel Fitzgibbon (below).
THURSDAY, 24 MAY 2019
STATEMENT BY JOEL FITZGIBBON
SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE,
FISHERIES AND FORESTRY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA
SPOKESPERSON FOR COUNTRY CAUCUS
Despite our loss last Saturday, the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party remains rich with outstanding talent.
One of those great talents is Chris Bowen and he would have made an excellent Parliamentary Leader.
With Chris out of the contest I am now free to put my support behind Anthony Albanese.
I’ve had a long discussion with Albo about my demands that the Party strengthens its focus on regional Australia, provides it with a meaningful seat at the Party’s decision making table, and engages more on the issues which matter most to working people living in our great regions.
I am satisfied that a Labor Party led by Anthony Albanese will provide that focus and he’ll listen closely to the needs and aspirations of our country people. As a consequence, I will not be a part of the Leadership contest.
I wish Albo the very best and look forward to working with him and the team to re-build Labor’s support in regional Australia and amongst blue collar workers.
WEDNESDAY, 22 MAY 2019