Labor leader says it was ‘not an easy decision’ not to shift to new seat of Fraser, considered one of the safest electorates in Australia

Bill Shorten will remain the member for Maribyrnong, deciding against a seat swap which would have placed him in one of the safest electorates in the country.

A boundary redistribution in Victoria shifted about 40,000 people out of Maribyrnong into the new seat of Fraser, which sits west of the Maribyrnong river. On current predictions, Fraser would be held by Labor with a margin of just over 20%.

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