Federal Politics Live: September 13, 2013
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Federal Politics Live: September 13, 2013

Another day, another campaign. Let's look back on the day that was:

  • MPs returned to Canberra for the first time since the election;
  • Prime Minister elect Tony Abbott congratulated his troops and told them it was time to start work on keeping the trust the voters placed in them last Saturday;
  • Mr Abbott's ministry is expected to be announced early next week and sworn in on Wednesday;
  • a rank and file ballot of the Labor Party will be held to determine its new leader;
  • the contenders are Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten; and
  • Chris Bowen is interim leader until the ballot is finished.

Thanks, as always, to everyone who read and commented. My apologies if some of the later posts look out of order. They are but some gremlins in the system rearranged things and our technicians are working on it.

Another big round of applause to Andrew Meares and Alex Ellinghausen. We will be back with you next week.

Enjoy the weekend.

Mr Shorten says Labor will "have to work hard to rebuild people's trust in Labor".

"I'm a campaigner and I'm a builder," Mr Shorten says.

He harks back to his days as an early advocate for the national disability insurance scheme and says this shows he can take an idea from small beginnings to reality.

"We want to build a big Labor Party, we want a movement for change," Mr Shorten says.

Labor must reflect the "dynamism and diversity" of Australia.

What is going on with the government elect? Until it is sworn in, not much.

The expectation is that Tony Abbott will now not announce his ministry until early next week (which puts the swearing in back to later in the week).

But for a hint of what it might look like Breaking Politics' Tim Lester spoke to former Coalition staffer David Miles.

And that's it for Mr Shorten.

Bill Shorten at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday.

Bill Shorten at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

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Mr Shorten says he "takes some responsibility for the dischord" inside Labor over the past few years.

 

Labor MP Bill Shorten at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday.

Labor MP Bill Shorten at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

The deputy will be elected by the caucus, Mr Shorten says.

He again nominates Tanya Plibersek as a good candidate but says "there may be others".

(Mr Albanese did not nominate anyone.)

Mr Shorten says he wants to help "batter down the cynicism" about politics.

Labor MP Bill Shorten at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday.

Labor MP Bill Shorten at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

"It's about ideas to excite Australians," Mr Shorten says.

Mr Shorten is asked if he loses this ballot whether he would run again.

Mr Shorten says "whoever wins this ballot will have the ongoing support of the caucus until the next election".

Labor MP Bill Shorten at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday.

Labor MP Bill Shorten at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

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Mr Shorten says Labor must reach out to tradespeople, women, small business owners, academics and people from the bush.

"Labor must have ideas that speak not to the 24 hour news cycle but to the next four or five years," Mr Shorten says.

The election process will be "civil", Mr Shorten says.

 

 

Mr Shorten says people can have "no greater say" in politics than by joining Labor and having a say in the leadership.

 

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