Tanya Plibersek will NOT contest the Labor leadership

Tanya Plibersek has announced she will not run for the Labor leadership.

Ms Plibersek said she had received support from across the party to be elected leader.

"But now is not my time," she said in a statement on Monday.

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

2019 Federal Election: Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek speaks to students during a visit to Lawnton State School, in the seat of Dickson, Brisbane
Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek said she will not run for leadership of the Labor Party. Source: AAP

Ms Plibersek’s youngest child is eight and she doesn’t want to spend more time away from her family, Fairfax reported.

She added in a statement she will continue as deputy opposition leader “until the leadership is determined”.

Ms Plibersek assumed office in 1998.

In 2007, under the Rudd-led government, she became the Minister for for the Status of Women and the Minister for Housing which she held until 2010.

She also had Bill Shorten’s support to take leadership of the party, The Australian reported.

Mr Shorten announced he was stepping down as leader of the ALP on Saturday night in the wake of its shock election loss to the Coalition.

2019 Federal Election: Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek (left) and Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten (right) are seen during a media conference at the Goodstart Early Learning Nollamara centre in Perth
Bill Shorten (right) reportedly wanted Tanya Plibersek to take leadership of the Labor Party after announcing he was stepping down. Source: AAP

Where to now for Labor?

Anthony Albanese announced his intention to run for leadership of the Labor Party on Sunday.

“I have a responsibility to put myself forward,” he told reporters.

Mr Albanese added: “What you see is what you get with me, for better or worse.”

In 2013, Mr Albanese nominated for leadership but lost out to Mr Shorten.

Sky News presenter Laura Jayes said Mr Albanese was a “rock star candidate”.

“We saw it at the Labor campaign launch – one of the biggest cheers was for him,” she told Sky News on Sunday morning.

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen is also under consideration along with Jim Chalmers, according to ABC political reporter Jane Norman.

Mr Bowen is yet to signal his intention of going for leadership and will speak with his family before deciding whether to throw his hat in the ring, The Canberra Times reported.

2019 Federal Election: Anthony Albanese announces on Sunday he wants to lead the Labor Party.
Anthony Albanese intends to run for Labor Party leadership. Source: AAP

However, News Corp reports Mr Bowen is unlikely to continue as Shadow Treasurer. Labor’s economic policies are being blamed as one of the reasons for its defeat at the election.

Mr Bowen was Assistant Treasurer under the Rudd Government until 2009.

He then became the Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law from 2009 until 2010 before becoming the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.

He was also the Minister for Small Business between February and March of 2013.

2019 Federal Election: Chris Bowen speaks to the media during a press conference after the 'Vote for Change Rally' at Bowman Hall in Blacktown, Sydney, Thursday, May 16, 2019.
Shadow Treasurer Chris Brown could nominate for leadership of the Labor Party but is yet to signal his intention to. Source: AAP

Another suggestion for ALP leadership is Richard Marles.

Mr Marles was the Minister for Trade under the Kevin Rudd-led government in 2013 and has been in office since 2007.

However, Mr Marles wouldn’t comment on whether he was interested in leadership when asked by Sky News on Saturday night.

Tony Burke, the member for Watson, is another named being touted for leadership.

Mr Burke has held a number of portfolios under the Rudd and Gillard governments including arts, and agriculture, fisheries and forestry.

With AAP

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