Federal Election 2016: Bill Shorten to retain party leadership of the Federal Labor Party

Bill Shorten will be re-endorsed as Labor leader, but the party's legally required to throw open the position at a caucus meeting tomorrow.

It has been speculated that Anthony Albanese, who challenged in 2013, would put his hand up for the job, but he's indicated he won't stand.

The formal motion will effectively unify the caucus behind Mr Shorten to lead the party into the 45th parliament and indicate no one will challenge him

Labor MPs are due to gather in Canberra on Friday, despite the result of the election still being unknown.

A snap caucus meeting has been called in accordance with rules put in place by former leader Kevin Rudd, which automatically throw open the party's leadership if Labor loses an election.

Labor frontbencher Ed Husic denied it was a rushed meeting, with seats still in doubt.

'I wouldn't be reading too much into that,' he told Sky News.

He said there was no doubt Mr Shorten would continue to be lead - AAP

Source: AAP

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