Tanya Plibersek will not contest the Labor leadership – despite support from her colleagues .
Plibersek released a statement this morning saying she could not balance her responsibilities to her family with the additional responsibilities of Labor leadership.
“I know some people will be disappointed with this decision.
“I intend to continue as deputy leader until the leadership is determined.
“At that point I will I serve in whatever capacity my colleagues best think can help Labor return to government.
“Whatever my colleagues decide, I will play a role in taking our economic and social policy agenda to the next stage. “
She thanked her colleagues for their support.
“I am overwhelmed by the confidence my colleagues, the union movement, and Labor party members have placed in me. “
“I have support, from across the party, to be elected leader.
“I am overwhelmed by the confidence my colleagues, the union movement, and Labor party members have placed in me.
“I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their support.
“But now is not my time.”