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AustraliaShadow Treasurer Chris Bowen to run for Labor leader

03:15  21 may  2019
03:15  21 may  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Labor leadership contest hots up

Labor leadership contest hots up Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Australia Joel Fitzgibbon is the latest to announce he's considering running, alongside Queensland MP Jim Chalmers and Sydney politician Anthony Albanese. Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Australia Joel Fitzgibbon said he is considering running for the leadership of the Labor party. "What I am particularly interested is the policy direction and the message we send to the community particularly rural and regional Australia," he told Today. "Ideally, I would like to see a leader who doesn't live in the capital cities.

Christopher Eyles Guy Bowen (born 17 January 1973) is an Australian politician serving as Shadow Minister for Health since 2019, and has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for McMahon since 2010. Bowen served as Treasurer of Australia in 2013

On 21 May Chris Bowen announced he would also contest the ballot; however the next day he announced his withdrawal, citing lack of support among the party membership.[5] Several other Labor MPs such as Tanya Plibersek and Jim " Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen to run for Labor leader ".

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen will nominate for Labor's leadership, setting up a battle with fellow frontbencher Anthony Albanese.

The ABC has confirmed Mr Bowen will announce his plans today.

Finance spokesman Jim Chalmers is also considering running for the top job.

Mr Chalmers and Mr Bowen are both in Labor's right faction and oversaw the contentious tax changes the party took to the election.

Mr Albanese is in Labor's left faction and made an unsuccessful bid for the leadership in 2013, losing to Bill Shorten.

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The architect of Labor 's contentious tax plans joins Anthony Albanese as confirmed candidates seeking their party's top job.

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen will nominate for Labor 's leadership , setting up a battle with fellow frontbencher Anthony Albanese. The ABC has confirmed Mr Bowen will announce his plans today. Finance spokesman Jim Chalmers is also considering running for the top job.

Mr Shorten announced he would step down from the leadership during his concession speech after Saturday's federal election, but will remain as the party's leader until Labor elects a replacement.

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen to run for Labor leader © Mick Tsikas/AAP Image His deputy, Tanya Plibersek, had been considering a tilt for the leadership but yesterday opted against it.

"Now is not my time," she said.

Mr Albanese and Mr Bowen are both from Sydney, while Mr Chalmers is from Brisbane.

Mr Albanese announced on Sunday that he would seek the leadership after Labor's shock election loss on Saturday.

He argued he was best placed to lead the party because he could rebuild the party in regional areas and win back blue-collar workers.

Mr Bowen, 46, served as treasurer when Kevin Rudd briefly returned to the prime ministership in 2013.

He remained in the treasury portfolio when Mr Shorten took over the party in Opposition.

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