Prime Minister Anthony Albanese concedes ‘lessons are very clear’ from Kristina Keneally’s defeat in Fowler

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese grants the Labor party has lessons to learn from its humiliating defeat in the once-safe south-west Sydney seat of Fowler in the recent election.

In the lead-up to the federal poll, then-frontbencher Kristina Keneally was controversially parachuted into the multicultural seat, which had been held by the Labor party since 1984.

But independent local candidate Dai Le managed to overturn Labor’s 14 percent margin to secure a shock victory over the former NSW premier, saying the ALP had paid the price for an “arrogant” decision to relocate Ms Keneally from the northern beaches to south-west Sydney.

Mr Albanese told Sky News the ALP was closely examining what went wrong.

“Kristina Keneally is a big loss to our team, she was a valued friend, she was the deputy senate leader, and it is a loss, but you have to accept outcomes in democratic processes.

“But you also have to learn from them and we will take note of the lessons which are there.”


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