Chris Bowen confirms Labor leadership tilt

CHRIS Bowen has thrown his hat in the ring to take over the federal Labor leadership, as the party desperately tries to rebuild following the disastrous election result.

The Shadow Treasurer has called a press conference for 10.30 this morning where he is expected to make an official announcement.

His only rival for the leadership at this stage is Anthony Albanese, who confirmed he will be running on Sunday, after Bill Shorten announced he would step down.


Deputy leader Tanya Plibersek, who was considered a favourite for the role, she would not run for the role.

“Now is not my time,” she said.

“At this point, I cannot reconcile the important responsibilities I have to my family with the additional responsibilities of the Labor leadership.”

Frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon is also an unlikely chance to run, confirming he only could if the candidates don’t promise to stand up for regional Australia and the coal-mining industry.

“I am considering doing so, yes, I would much rather someone else do it,” the Hunter MP told Channel Nine’s The Today Show.

“But if I need to do it to secure the new path, the new direction we need, then I certainly will.

“I want a leader who is prepared to stand up and say: ‘I support the coalmining industry, I support getting cheap gas out of the ground to fuel our manufacturing sector and create jobs and I do want a big seat at the table for regional Australia’.”

Labor MP and finance spokesman Jim Chalmers said on Monday night he may also run for leader.

“I’m considering it. I’m talking to my colleagues about it. I don’t think it’s unreasonable that a few of us take some time to work out what we want to do,” he told the ABC’s Q&A program.

Bill Shorten will continue as Labor’s interim leader until the party’s leadership is determined.