Out and about: Bill Shorten campaigning in Victoria. Photo: Mal Fairclough
Labor leadership aspirant Anthony Albanese has taken a swipe at his opponent, Bill Shorten, suggesting he is running an extravagant campaign using resources that would be better spent fighting the Coalition.
Contrasting a glossy 16-page booklet that Mr Shorten sent to members with a double-sided A4 page he issued, Mr Albanese said the campaigns should be ''frugal''.
''Others will judge whether it's appropriate to spend large amounts of resources on an internal process, or whether it's best to prioritise expenditure against the Coalition,'' he said.
Asked if party processes should be changed to ensure candidates in future leadership contests had equal resources, he said: ''That will be a matter for the future but I think common sense would indicate that that should be the case.''
A source in the Shorten campaign dismissed the criticism, saying: ''You know you've got your opponent rattled when they start complaining about your material.''
Another Labor source, not aligned with either campaign, said the two candidates had different spending priorities and Mr Albanese had held more events. ''They're both spending money and for Albo to claim he's somehow holding back is just crap.''
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