Today is an historic day for the Australian Labor Party. For the first time in our long and proud history, members have been involved in selecting a new Labor Leader.
I want to congratulate Anthony Albanese on his campaign. Anthony is a good and decent Labor man and we are lucky to have a man of his formidable talents in our Parliamentary ranks. He will continue to make a strong contribution to the Labor team.
This leadership ballot represents a new beginning. It was inspiring. It was democratic. And it was a privilege to be a part of it.
I also want to thank every member who voted, as well as all those volunteers involved in the process, because you’ve made the ALP more transparent and open.
Together we can rebuild Labor into a force for change and become a great Labor Government that we can all be proud of.
A movement for change that has deep connections in local communities, reflects the diversity of the Australian people, and a movement that pursues big ideas for this generation of Australians – and all the generations that are yet to come.
I understand this ballot is just the start of our renewal. If you’re not already a member, I urge you to join us. We must continue to build our movement for change and earn the right to govern.
We all belong to a renewed Labor Party. I have a message to those true believers: We won’t let you down. Labor can win the next election.