The Labor Party faces at least a three-way leadership contest in the wake of Saturday night’s election loss with senior frontbenchers Anthony Albanese and Chris Bowen to join deputy leader Tanya Plibersek in a ballot to be decided by the party’s members and caucus.
The field could further widen with defence spokesman Richard Marles, finance spokesman Jim Chalmers and environment spokesman Tony Burke also believed to be weighing up their options.
Ms Plibersek, who is also the party’s education spokeswoman, confirmed on Sunday morning she was considering running for the leadership after outlining her thoughts on why Labor was defeated on Saturday.
«I’m certainly considering it. I mean, my determination is to ensure that we’re in the best place to win in three years’ time, that we continue the discipline and the unity that we’ve shown in the last
six years, and that we continue to offer Australians real options,» Ms Plibersek told the ABC’s Insiders program.