Federal Election 2016: Bill Shorten's leadership to be reaffirmed at special caucus
Federal Labor MPs and senators will meet in Canberra today to reaffirm Bill Shorten's leadership, as counting continues in the federal election.
If Labor loses an election there is an automatic leadership ballot
Shorten will be renominated as leader and is expected to be the only candidate
Labor leads five of the six seats still in doubt but Coalition is confident of forming Government
The Coalition is leading Labor by 73 seats to 66, with the ABC computer still listing six seats in doubt.
Under party rules, if Labor loses an election there is an automatic leadership ballot.
But despite the lack of a final result, Mr Shorten will be renominated as leader at a special caucus today.
He is expected to be the only candidate, but under the party's rules the nomination could take seven days to be finalised.
One of the newly elected MPs, Linda Burney, said the process would show Labor was united behind Mr Shorten.
"It's a pre-emptive message to the Australian community that Labor has its act together, " Ms Burney told AM.
Ms Burney won the seat of Barton in New South Wales, and is the first Aboriginal woman elected to the House of Representatives.
She said today's meeting would be "historic" as she joined WA Senator Pat Dodson and NT Senator-elect Malarndirri McCarthy in the Labor caucus.
"Labor did so well in this election, the thrill of having so many new members, three Aboriginal people in the caucus is historic," Ms Burney said.
"The fact that we are having a caucus meeting while Malcolm Turnbull is still flying around the country trying to cobble a government together says something about the discipline, the united sense of Labor, but also the fact that we had such a fantastic campaign."
Another new MP, Ross Hart from Bass in Tasmania, said the caucus would send a clear message.
"Bill Shorten has run, together with the Labor team behind him, a fantastic campaign; he deserves to be re-elected unopposed," he told AM.
"I think we're sending a message to a divided Liberal National Party Government, if they are to be a government going forward, as to how to present yourself to the public."
Coalition confident of majority government
Labor still leads in five of the remaining six seats in doubt, but the Coalition remains confident that it will be able to form a majority Government.
Liberal frontbencher Christopher Pyne said the election result proved voters were craving stability.
"There's been far too much tumult in Canberra over the last seven or eight years," Mr Pyne told 7:30.
"The public are over games in Canberra, so we now just need to settle down for three years and provide good government."
He said the support of the independent MP Bob Katter would be important to the Coalition, even if it reached a majority of 76 seats.
"The importance of securing supply and confidence from as many of the crossbenchers as possible, is of course it gives the Government more stability, it gives the parliament more stability and I think that's what the Australian people are interested in," Mr Pyne said.
Source: ABC News