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Anthony Albanese dismisses speculation his leadership is under threat

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It comes amid rumoured concerns within the Labor caucus about the party’s chances of winning an election under his leadership.

Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese has strongly dismissed speculation his leadership is under threat amid rumours rumbling through the corridors of Parliament House.

"My leadership is secure," Mr Albanese said on the ABC's 7.30 program last night.

It comes amid rumoured concerns within the Labor caucus about the party's chances of winning an election under his leadership.

A federal election could be held as soon as late this year, although Prime Minister Scott Morrison said 2022 is more likely while touring outback Queensland earlier this month.

Mr Albanese dismissed comparisons drawn between "mistrust" in his party and the worst of the Rudd-Gillard days.

"Well, I just don't think that's right. I don't think that's the right characterisation," the opposition leader told the ABC.

"Anyone who thinks that the current circumstance is like it was in 2013, that you refer to, wasn't there in 2013."

Instead, he said his shadow cabinet would be reshuffled this weekend ahead of the first sitting of parliament next week — a move, he says, that will "show what Labor's priorities are".

Climate spokesperson Mark Butler will be dropped from the portfolio in the shake-up, expected to be replaced by health spokesperson Chris Bowen, according to the SMH.

Mr Butler, previously minister for aged care under Gillard, will instead take on the health portfolio at a key point during the coronavirus pandemic, as the Morrison Government begins the vaccine roll-out.

Labor insiders have said the shift aims to bridge a gap within the party on gas fields, coal mines and greenhouse emissions.

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Mr Albanese also flagged a raft of new policies which he said will be announced at the ALP's national conference in March, revealing a focus on childcare reforms, climate change, industrial relations and inequality.

Despite trailing Prime Minister Scott Morrison in net approval ratings, the opposition leader described his position as "very competitive".

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese looks at Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

"The next election will be about who has a better plan for the future to deliver a stronger economy, a fairer society and deal with challenges such as climate change," Mr Albanese said.

"People, during the pandemic, have wanted leaders to succeed. Of course that has led to an increase in their approval," he said.

Source: 9News

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