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Shorten's poll dive "to be expected": Albo

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Opposition frontbencher Anthony Albanese insists Bill Shorten will lead Labor to the next federal election, despite his dwindling popularity in the polls.

Mr Albanese told the Nine Network today that Shorten’s low rating in recent opinion polls was to be expected following the change of leadership in the federal government.

But he stopped short of ruling out any future attempts at the Labor leadership.

Albanese tipped the Turnbull Government would likely opt for an early election to avoid having to deliver another budget and ahead of a federal redistribution in NSW. He nominated a March 19 poll date.

But Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer insisted the government will run for its full term, with an election still one year away.

-AAP

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