Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will unveil his new frontbench today. Picture: Kym Smith
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will unveil his new frontbench today. Picture: Kym Smith

Albanese to announce new frontbench

NEW Labor leader Anthony Albanese will announce his frontbench team today.

Mr Albanese will then head out on a "listening tour" to examine where the party went wrong after its disappointing election result.

Labor's new leadership team and ministry team were revealed at last week's caucus meeting in Canberra but Mr Albanese has yet to allocate their portfolios.

It is expected the shadow cabinet and outer shadow ministry portfolios will largely mirror Scott Morrison's line-up sworn in by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove last Wednesday.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will unveil his new frontbench today. Picture: Kym Smith
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will unveil his new frontbench today. Picture: Kym Smith

The Opposition will face heavy criticism from the coalition if a Home Affairs spokesperson is not added to the Labor line-up - something it lacked in the past term.

Former leader Bill Shorten has been guaranteed a spot in the 20-member shadow cabinet and is reportedly interested in the health and disabilities portfolios. Queensland MP Jim Chalmers is widely expected to take over the role of shadow treasurer from Chris Bowen.

There is speculation Mr Chalmers' Queensland colleague Shayne Neumann could be moved from immigration into resources.

Mr Neumann says he wants to play a pivotal role in shoring up Labor's support in his home state of Queensland, which has seen the MP demonstrate a stronger stance in favour of Adani's divisive Carmichael coalmine.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese and Deputy leader Richard Marles. Picture:  Kym Smith
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese and Deputy leader Richard Marles. Picture: Kym Smith

"If it bring jobs to Queensland then of course it's good," he told Sky News on Sunday.

"You can't be against mining in Queensland and think you're going to win seats in Queensland." Labor secured only six Queensland seats at the election compared to the Liberal National Party's 23.

Beyond the shadow cabinet there will be 10 outer shadow ministry positions. The Labor caucus has already elected Victorian MP Richard Marles as deputy leader and made senators Penny Wong and Kristina Keneally the leadership team in the Senate.

The shadow cabinet will meet in Brisbane on Tuesday, as Mr Albanese and colleagues engage in a post-election "listening tour" of the country. Victorian Labor MP for Scullin Andrew Giles, who was named in Mr Albanese's shadow ministry, says it is too early to talk about a change of direction for the party after its unexpected election loss two weeks ago.

"Our job across the Labor team is to really take stock on how we let Labor supporters and people who depend on Labor governments down," Mr Giles told ABC television on Saturday.

"Our challenge ... is to get better at listening rather than reaching conclusions too quickly." Latest vote counting on the Australian Electoral Commission website shows Labor could end up with 68 seats of the 151-seat House of Representatives, compared to the coalition with as many as 77 seats.

There are six crossbenchers.