ANTHONY Albanese and Bill Shorten would both be good Labor leaders, according to Lisa Chesters.
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd stood aside following his party’s convincing defeat in Saturday’s election.
Ms Chesters, the Bendigo member-elect, said Mr Albanese and Mr Shorten would both be great candidates for opposition leader.
“They’re strong activists, strong Labor leaders,” she said.
“And it would be a tough call if they’re the candidates.
“But we’re still to know who will put their hand up.”
Mr Shorton visited Bendigo last December and Mr Albanese was here in July.
“I look forward to hearing who’s nominated,” Ms Chesters said.
“We’ll be speaking to all of them in due course.
“There still a lot of counting to be done.
“There are still a number of seats too close to call including McEwen.
“I believe the first focus of the Labor team is to ensure that those battles, those races are resolved and then look to see who will lead Labor in the next phase.”
Mr Chesters said on Saturday night Labor’s leadership chaos had damaged the party.
She today said Mr Rudd had been right to step aside.
“Rudd has his own style,” she said.
“He is connected with a proportion of the community.
“I respect that.
“But I believe he’s made the right decision in stepping aside to allow a new leader to take the Labor team forward.”
Liberal candidate Greg Bickley has not conceded defeat and noted vote counting would continue today.
Ms Chesters said Labor scrutineers would watch the count of the final 20,000-odd ballots but said it was unlikely to change the outcome.
“With 80 per cent of the vote counted I’m confident that Labor has done enough to lock this one in,” she said.