Tanya Plibersek Will Be Deputy Opposition Leader Under Newly Elected Federal Labor Party Leader Bill Shorten

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Bill Shorten has been elected leader of the federal parliamentary Labor Party.

Shorten won the overall vote 52% and is expect to chose left-wing MP Tanya Plibersek as his deputy when the party reconvenes on Monday to elect other frontbencher positions.

The leadership result was announced following a Labor caucus meeting this afternoon.

Outgoing acting leader, Chris Bowen, has said the election process for their new leader has given the entire Labor Party a hand at choosing who he believes will be the next Labor Prime Minister.

“Never again can [the members] of our great party be taken for granted or ignored,” Bowen said in a press conference this afternoon.

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has responded to the announcement, congratulating Shorten by Twitter.

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