Anthony Albanese’s one-off platitudes to mining are “not enough” to reverse Labor’s fortunes, outgoing longtime MP Joel Fitzgibbon says.

Labour is on course to take out a three per cent lead at the 2019 federal election after swings against the party.

Outgoing Labour MP Joel Fitzgibbon said the opposition would lose the next election if climate change is their “core” policy proposal.

‘And I’m finding Australians would have rejected both.’

Labour has not yet unveiled its full policy programme for the forthcoming election, but Fitzgibbon has insisted the party will be in the Shadow for at least one more term if climate change plays a prominent role.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is still in negotiations to secure the support of his deputy Barnaby Joyce for a net emissions target for 2050, amid rising international pressure on Australia.

Members including Victorian senator Kimberley Kitching and NSW Senator Don Farrell have raised concerns that Labor’s climate change policy is failing traditional electorates in seats like Hunter with a heavy mine presence.

“You see, Joel once in a while has different viewpoints to what’s on the record. He’s represented his views and it’s also on the record that I feel very different from those views is, and that’s good. We’re a democratic party.”

Joel Fitzgibbon

Joel Andrew Fitzgibbon is an Australian politician. He is a member of the Australian Labor Party and has served in the House of Representatives since the 1996 federal election, (wikipedia)

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Anthony Albanese

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October 2013 Australian Labor Party leadership election

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