From The ABC:
Queensland MP Jim Chalmers has declared he will not run for the Labor leadership.
Mr Chalmers wrote on Twitter that he had given the possibility very careful consideration, but had decided against it.
“I spoke to Anthony Albanese this morning and told him I will enthusiastically support him and work tirelessly with our team to give Australians the Labor government they need and deserve at the next opportunity.”
He also said that if he did win, “the extra responsibilities of leadership would make it much harder to do my bit at home while the youngest of our three little kids is only five months old”…
Other senior Labor figures such as Tanya Plibersek and Chris Bowen have already withdrawn from the race.
Mr Chalmers’ announcement leaves Mr Albanese as the only person to nominate…
There is a growing consensus among Labor members that there will not be a ballot for the leadership, and Mr Albanese will be elected unopposed…
The jostling for deputy leader of the party, chosen only by parliamentary members, will now begin in earnest.
Mr Chalmers could emerge as a candidate for that role, alongside other senior MPs including Richard Marles.
Good news. As noted yesterday, Jim Chalmers is the former head of the Chifley Research Centre, which is an open borders globalist outfit. He is also a former professor of the globalist and mass immigration-loving ANU.