LOCAL SUPPORT: Contender for the Labor leadership Bill Shorten has gained the vote of Bernie Ripoll.
LOCAL SUPPORT: Contender for the Labor leadership Bill Shorten has gained the vote of Bernie Ripoll. David Crosling

Ripoll backs Shorten over Albanese to lead Labor

OXLEY MP Bernie Ripoll will be supporting Bill Shorten in the Labor leadership contest with Anthony Albanese.

Mr Ripoll said Mr Shorten was "a superb candidate" for the leadership.

"Bill has proven himself well whether it is in the caucus or as a senior minister on a range of issues," he said.

"The way he led the policy development and debate on the NDIS really highlighted that he is a wonderful person to be leading the party and leading us to the next election.

"Bill Shorten has a great reputation among working people for sticking up for them and being their champion...and the fact that he enjoys the majority of caucus support is a good thing and shows there is a lot of faith in his abilities. Party members will see a lot of those qualities in Bill as well.

"This contest will be between two very good potential leaders of the party."

Mr Ripoll said 50% of the vote for the leader would be from caucus and the other 50% from Labor Party members.

Anyone who joined the party before the recent Federal Election qualifies to vote in a ballot.

"They will all be tallied up and we will have a winner and a new leader on October 13," Mr Ripoll said.

"We are democratising the party and breaking new ground for Australia. This process can work and will work. It will encourage people to see the benefits of party membership and understand that they do get a say in the most important decision in the party."



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