Shadow minister ... ACT Labor MP Andrew Leigh gets a promotion to ALP frontbench. Photo: Elesa Lee
Andrew Leigh has paid tribute to ACT senator Kate Lundy, describing her as a ''fierce fighter for Canberra''.
The Fraser MP emerged as one of the winners in the new Labor frontbench, announced on Monday by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
Senator Lundy, a former minister for sport, was not included in the new line-up, following speculation she may have lost out in factional negotiations.
Canberra's Labor Senator Kate Lundy. Photo: Jay Cronan
Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek dismissed suggestion that Senator Lundy was overlooked for voting against Left faction candidate Anthony Albanese and supporting Mr Shorten.
“I know that Kate Lundy is someone that’s held in very, very high regard in the ACT and she would be very disappointed and her supporters would be very disappointed," Ms Plibersek said.
“There was quite a number of people from the left who voted for Bill Shorten and many of them are still on the front bench so I don’t think you can draw that parallel.”
She called for Labor MPs to stop speaking out about the frontbench, saying voters had a low tolerance for more Labor disunity.
Mr Shorten announced the results of a caucus vote for the frontbench on Monday and will reveal the portfolio allocation and a shadow ministry on Friday.
Canberra MP Gai Brodtmann was elected as Labor caucus secretary.
First elected in 2010, Dr Leigh briefly served as parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Julia Gillard but was demoted when Kevin Rudd returned to the ALP leadership.
The Harvard-educated economics professor and author served as spokesman for opposition costings in the recent election campaign.
Dr Leigh said he was honoured to have been chosen by his colleagues to serve in the Labor shadow ministry but would not comment on which portfolio he hoped to be given.
''There's a real sense of optimism, there's a sense of pride in the Labor reforms, a sense that we need to hold Mr Abbott to account but also that we need to continue that important job of producing good policy,'' he said.
Dr Leigh said he was disappointed to see Senator Lundy lose her place on the front bench and had told her so after the positions were confirmed.
''I think she's a great parliamentarian and she's made an extraordinary contribution and will continue to make that contribution,'' he said.
Senator Lundy was not available for comment after the announcements but provided a statement congratulating Dr Leigh on his inclusion in the shadow ministry.
''I will be proud to contribute to an effective Labor opposition to undertake the significant task in holding the Abbott government to account,'' she said in the statement.
''I look forward to serving in the Senate, working to defend Canberra from the cuts that the Abbott government is planning to inflict.''
Former NSW Premier turned foreign affairs minister Bob Carr was not included in the shadow ministry, fuelling speculation he will step down as senator.
Dr Leigh would not speculate on Mr Carr's future in Parliament or on whether he would like to see ousted Eden-Monaro MP Mike Kelly step into the Senate role should Mr Carr resign.
''It's a matter for the NSW party, I know they're going through a range of internal conversations about what they would do if Mr Carr were to step down,'' he said.
But Dr Leigh said he would like to see the position chosen by NSW Labor members in line with broader reforms.