Who is backing whom for Labor leader?

Labor’s new system of electing its Federal Parliamentary Leader means the margin of victory within the Federal Labor Caucus will matter. While the Right faction (54% of the FPLP) has nominally backed Bill Shorten, it is possible that it could be overridden if an overwhleming majority of the rank-and-file supports Anthony Albanese.

I’ve decided to keep a running tally of who MPs and Senators have declared they are supporting or who they are reported to back which is below. If I have missed anyone, please let me know.


Shorten camp

Bill Shorten

Tim Watts

Richard Marles

David Feeney

Mark Dreyfus

Laurie Ferguson

Shayne Neuman

Matt Thistlethwaite

Bernie Ripoli

Ed Husic

Jim Chalmers

Sam Dastyari

Warren Snowdon

Helen Polley

Glenn Sterle

Anthony Byrne

Don Farrell

Chris Hayes

Kate Ellis

Michelle Rowland

Maria Vamvakinou

Wayne Swan

Julie Owens

Lisa Chesters

Brendan O’Connor

Kate Lundy


Albanese camp

Anthony Albanese

Alannah MacTiernan

Graham Perrett

Doug Cameron

Penny Wong

Tanya Plibersek

Stephen Jones

Jenny Macklin

Pat Conroy

Jill Hall

Sharon Claydon

Mark Butler

Julie Collins

Carol Brown

Lisa Singh

Anne Urquhart

Lin Thorp

Louise Pratt

Justine Elliot

Kevin Rudd


Declined to declare

Gary Gray

Chris Bowen

Catherine King

Joel Fitzgibbon

Clare O’Neil


UPDATE: Bill Shorten claims a majority of the caucus has signed his nomination form for the leadership.

UPDATE #2: Andrew Crook reports that Bill Shorten has support from 49 out of 86 MPs and lists who is backing whom. Anthony Albanese will need to win 58% of members.

UPDATE #3: The Australian reports that Shorten is likely to have received support from at least 50 MPs



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