SUNDAY'S vote on a new ALP leader is too close to call, according to Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters.
Ms Chesters, who will attend a Canberra caucus meeting on Sunday, said she had voted for Mr Shorten.
“Both candidates are good candidates and have lots of ticks next to their name,” she said.
“I’ve always been passionate about ensuring we have good secure jobs in this electorate.
“I believe Bill is the best candidate and has the vision to be able to deliver those jobs if and when Labor is back in government.”
Rank and file Labor members have voted on their preferred leader for the first time.
Ms Chesters said she believed the caucus had favoured Mr Shorten.
“One of the things with a secret ballot is people chose to let you know who they are and aren’t voting for,” she said.
“You really don’t know until the votes are counted.”
The new Bendigo member said Labor would be “very different” in opposition to the Coalition.
“Yes we have to hold the government to account,” she said.
“Yes we have to stand up for the cuts they will make and the services they will cut.
“We also need to demonstrate to the Australia people we have a real vision and plan for the future direction of the country.
“I know from talking to lots of people during and before the election that most Australians are over the negative politics.”
Mr Shorten and Anthony Albanese, who is also contesting the leadership, have both visited Bendigo in the past 12 months.
Former Member for Bendigo Steve Gibbons said Mr Shorten had “joined the ranks of the treacherous” in June after Julia Gillard was voted from prime ministership.
Last week he said Mr Shorten was a “good bloke” but said he would be voting for Mr Albanese.