“I think he needs to respect the mandate that we have on a range of areas that are very clear and we want to get to work on that.”
“It is a loss, but you have to accept outcomes in democratic processes. But you also have to learn from them.”
He has expressed his willingness to soften his hard persona often seen by the general public in his former ministerial roles in home affairs and defence.
“I feel this is the appropriate time to put myself forward for my party room’s consideration as their leader.”
The junior coalition partner will have its first post-election meeting on Monday where they will spill the leadership.
Albanese celebrates new diverse parliament
Foreign Minister Penny Wong is also the first foreign minister in the country’s history to be born outside Australia.
“We have a whole range of people, and importantly, the parliament elected a whole lot of new women, not just from Labor, but from the crossbenchers as well, which is a very good thing.”
Labor warns of challenges as budget gets revamp
“We are inheriting a very serious set of economic and budget challenges, and we don’t want to pretend it is anything but that,” she told ABC’s Insiders program.
Minister for Finance Katy Gallagher at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra. Source: AAP / Mick Tsikas
“We need to be up-front with the Australian community about that.”
Treasurer Jim Chalmers will also provide an economic update when parliament resumes in June or July.
Labor one seat away from majority
Liberal MP Michael Sukkar is 655 votes ahead of Labor’s candidate Matt Gregg in Victoria’s Deakin electorate, which has recorded a roughly 4 per cent swing to Labor.