Despite our loss last Saturday, the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party remains rich with outstanding talent.
One of those great talents is Chris Bowen and he would have made an excellent Parliamentary Leader.
With Chris out of the contest I am now free to put my support behind Anthony Albanese.
Ive had a long discussion with Albo about my demands that the Party strengthens its focus on regional Australia, provides it with a meaningful seat at the Partys decision making table, and engages more on the issues which matter most to working people living in our great regions.
I am satisfied that a Labor Party led by Anthony Albanese will provide that focus and hell listen closely to the needs and aspirations of our country people. As a consequence, I will not be a part of the Leadership contest.
I wish Albo the very best and look forward to working with him and the team to re-build Labors support in regional Australia and amongst blue collar workers.