Labor leadership candidates racing for the centre ground

In stark contrast with the loons of NZ Labour who were racing to the far left in a bid to secure the leadership the Aussie contenders for Labor’s leadership are instead racing to secure the centre.

LABOR leadership candidate Bill Shorten on Wednesday declared himself a man of the centre, insisting he was best-placed to appeal to the broader public over left-wing rival Anthony Albanese.

But the bid to point out his rival’s hard left background came as Mr Albanese’s blitz continued at a Brisbane campaign event on Wednesday night – with the backing of former Labor MP and Right faction member Arch Bevis.

Another Right member and former Gillard backer Craig Emerson has also backed Mr Albanese as well as Greg Combet, Tanya Plibersek, Penny Wong and Doug Cameron.

Mr Shorten’s public endorsements have included former union boss Bill Kelty and former Labor ministers Richard Marles and Mark Dreyfus but right-wing unions are mobilising and it is understood more endorsements will be rolled out in coming days. 

NSW Labor MP Ed Husic, a Rudd backer, on Wednesday joined Mr Shorten’s team, saying he would bring a “fresh” outlook to the role.

“I think he’ll be someone that will definitely take our party forward,” he said.

Mr Shorten, a member of the Right, continued his campaign on Wednesday, visiting a Melbourne women’s centre to attack the lack of women in Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s cabinet.

But while he continued to praise Mr Albanese who he said would be a strong leader, Mr Shorten outlined why he should lead.

“I am not going to be negative at all about Anthony Albanese, I think he has got a lot of strengths … but Labor needs to appeal to the centre ground of Australian voters,” Mr Shorten said.

Hellllo! That is a real no shit Sherlock moment there, one which has escaped David Cunliffe and the Labour party.

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