“The last four elections we and had in Queensland there have been massive swings against Labor but I am still standing here and I am prepared to contribute and make a contribution.”
He represents the only regional and rural seat in Queensland after Labor’s unexpectedly poor results in the state.
Looking ahead, he said the party must focus on Queensland, regional Australia and religion.
“We can’t keep giving over 20 seats to the LNP in Queensland out of 30 and think that we will form government nationally,” he said.
He agrees with another Labor stalwart Joel Fitzgibbon who has been urging Labor to reconnect with regional and rural Australia, while he also supports shadow treasurer Chris Bowen in the need to respect people’s faith and beliefs better.
Outgoing Labor leader Bill Shorten wants the party’s supporters to stand behind the new federal leadership team, whoever that might be.
Mr Shorten has remained mostly quiet since Saturday’s shock election loss but he sent out a note to supporters urging them to stay strong.
“Saturday night was a hard, raw moment for so many of us in the Labor family,” Mr Shorten’s email said on Friday.
“But I say to all the true believers, all the branch members and union members and volunteers, we are a great movement and a resilient one.”
Mr Albanese is confident but not complacent about becoming leader, and is promising to be tough on the government when parliament returns.
Victorian Labor right-faction MPs Richard Marles and Clare O’Neil are both considering a run for deputy.
If there are no further nominations for leader, the Labor caucus is expected to meet as early as Wednesday to confirm its leadership team, including deputy leader and senior Senate personnel.
Victorian Left factional powerbroker Kim Carr announced he would not expect a shadow ministry role.