MP’s comments come as backbencher Ross Hart fails to endorse Shorten’s decision on repealing tax cuts

Anthony Albanese says Bill Shorten has a “right” to announce Labor policy and he says his recent speech laying out an alternative manifesto was not an attempt to signal to colleagues that he was available for the top job.

Albanese’s comments came as Tasmanian backbencher Ross Hart characterised Shorten’s controversial decision on Tuesday to announce that Labor would repeal tax cuts for firms earning between $10m and $50m as a “captain’s call” and failed to endorse it, despite facing 13 questions about it during a tortuous radio interview on Wednesday.

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