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Australia'I'm not Tony Abbott': Albanese vows to end conflict on crucial issues

07:07  27 may  2019
07:07  27 may  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Anthony Albanese has vowed he will not be a Tony Abbott-style opposition leader.

The Sydney MP was today confirmed as the new Labor leader and vowed to hold the government to account, "strongly, forcefully".

"(But) I'm not Tony Abbott. People want solutions, not arguments. They have conflict fatigue," Mr Albanese said in a press conference today

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'I'm not Tony Abbott': Albanese vows to end conflict on crucial issues© AAP Image/Joel Carrett Anthony Albanese is currently running unopposed for the Labor leadership after Jim Chalmers announced he would not run. "Both of the potential government parties in this nation need to acknowledge there's a weakness in the system when the level of the vote is that high."

He promised to talk to voters who didn't vote Labor and said he wouldn't hasten to make policy decisions or announcements.

"It is a big mountain that we have to climb," he said, acknowledging only three Labor leaders had won government from opposition in post-war times.

He also paid tribute to his family and to Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek.

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'I'm not Tony Abbott': Albanese vows to end conflict on crucial issues© AAP Anthony Albanese will take the role vacated by Bill Shorten.

Victorian MP Richard Marles is in line to be Mr Albanese's deputy, again being the only person with his hat in the ring for the job.

Both men have promised to talk to voters who didn't vote Labor in a bid to make sure they understand last Saturday's shock election loss.

"It's really important that we understand what happened at the election. It's important we make sure we're talking to the widest range of people we can," Mr Marles said yesterday.

Mr Albanese has also promised to talk to voters outside the Canberra and Labor bubbles in a bid to convince them his party can better represent them.

'I'm not Tony Abbott': Albanese vows to end conflict on crucial issues© AAP Richard Marles

Labor has had a man and woman in the leadership team since 2001, except for a three-month stint in 2013 after Kevin Rudd got his revenge on Australia's first female prime minister Julia Gillard.

But Victorian MP Clare O'Neil dropped out of the race for deputy after her colleagues told her she needed more experience bringing the party together behind a leader.

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"Richard Marles has got the skills and the qualities and the experience at this stage to be able to do that job really well," she said.

Mr Marles said it was important to maintain the party unity that Bill Shorten instilled in Labor after the tumultuous Rudd-Gillard years.

"Certainly I hope I can be a force for unity in the party," he said.

Labor's entire front bench also faces a shake-up following last weekend's unexpected federal election loss.

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