“I’ll talk to people about portfolios after the shadow ministry is elected,” Mr Albanese said. “I intend to announce the shadow ministry and portfolios on Sunday or Monday.”
Mr Bowen has faced criticism over the economic agenda he established for the party as shadow treasurer, including its changes to negative gearing laws and ending tax refunds on franking credits. The Coalition campaigned heavily against both policies, which some commentators suggested was partially responsible for Labor losing the election.
In another Labor reshuffle on Wednesday, shadow Minister for Human Services Ed Husic stepped down from the frontbench to make way for Senator Kristina Keneally.
The move ensures Labor retains another woman in a senior position and Mr Albanese strongly supported her ascension to the frontbench.
Meanwhile, Mr Shorten has been angling for the health portfolio, although another option is for him to occupy a new portfolio responsible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme which he helped create during the Rudd/Gillard governments.
Mr Shorten tried to undermine Mr Albanese’s bid for the top Labor job, but was unsuccesful. Victorian right faction MP Richard Marles is all but assured of taking the deputy leadership.
In the interview, Mr Albanese also reiterated his party’s commitment to recognising Indigenous Australians in the constitution.
“One of our values is that Australia is diminished when we don’t recognise the first Australians in our constitution. That is very important,” Mr Albanese said, rejecting suggestions such recognition would constitute the establishment of another chamber of Parliament.
“The government pretended that it was going to be an extra chamber of Parliament. It’s not,” Mr Albanese said.