Anthony Albanese confirmed on Monday morning that he has been elected as the 21st leader of the Labor Party.
It’s no surprise at all, given Albanese was the first one to put his hand up for the job after Bill Shorten announced he was stepping down, and that the only people who challenged him also stepped down after a few days in the spotlight. It was always Albo’s job to take, there’s just a bit of mess around him to sort through.
“Together we can return our great Party to government in three years’ time,” he wrote on Facebook.
While Albanese had the job of opposition leader all but locked down last week, the weekend saw media riled over who would act as his deputy.
It now looks like Victorian MP Richard Marles will replace Tanya Plibersek, who cannot continue her role (per Labor Party rules) as she is both from the left faction of the Labor Party and based in NSW, and Albo is too on both counts.