Shorten says Turnbull poll surge was expected

Opposition leader Bill Shorten says improved polling for LNP under Malcolm Turnbull was expected
Opposition leader Bill Shorten says improved polling for LNP under Malcolm Turnbull was expected Chris Ison

OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten has dismissed rumours he could be replaced following Malcolm Turnbull's elevation to the top job.

Mr Shorten has fallen behind in the two polls conducted since the Coalition's leadership coup last week, with Tony Abbott dumped as prime minister.

The latest Newspoll, published this week, had Mr Shorten trailing Mr Turnbull 55% to 21% as preferred prime minister.

Mr Shorten said he was not too concerned with polls, despite the figures.

He said it was simply a sugar hit and to be expected.

"I hope that the overdue departure of Mr Abbott is a breath of fresh air in Australia and we do not just try and fit everything into a two-minute grab or a four-minute interview," he said.

"I can promise Australians that the Labor Party's interested in who offers the best ideas for the future of the country at the next election."

Mr Shorten said a shadow Cabinet reshuffle would occur towards the end of this year.

He said the reshuffle was always going to occur due to the looming retirements of Bernie Ripoll and Jan McLucas.

"We were scheduled to do a modest reshuffle and I think I have a very good team and they have certainly proven their resilience in the last two years," he said.

"We will certainly be looking to inject new blood into the line-up as well."


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