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ALP's Neumann still has plenty to give

Bill Shorten is urging all Labor supporters to get behind the new party leadership team. Source: AAP

Bill Shorten has asked Labor supporters to lock in behind the new leadership team, likely to be Anthony Albanese and a new deputy.

Bill Shorten wants Labor supporters to stand behind the new federal leadership team, whoever that might be.

Anthony Albanese is so far unopposed in his bid to become federal Labor leader, but the race is on to be his deputy and fill out the shadow cabinet.

Mr Shorten has remained mainly quiet since Saturday's shock election loss but he sent out a note to supporters urging them to stay strong.

"Saturday night was a hard, raw moment for so many of us in the Labor family," Mr Shorten's email said on Friday.

"But I say to all the true believers, all the branch members and union members and volunteers, we are a great movement and a resilient one."

Mr Shorten urged supporters to heed the lessons of the loss and gear up for the next battle.

"The fight goes on - and Labor still needs you in the fight with us," he said.

"I urge you to keep the faith, to unite behind our new leadership, to carry on the battle and to know, in your hearts, that as long as Labor stands for the future, our time will come."

Mr Albanese is confident but not complacent about becoming leader, and is promising to be tough on the government when parliament returns.

Victorian Labor right-faction MPs Richard Marles and Clare O'Neil are both considering a run for deputy.

If there are no further nominations for leader, the Labor caucus is expected to meet as early as Wednesday to confirm its leadership team, including deputy leader and senior Senate personnel.

Victorian Left factional powerbroker Kim Carr announced he would not expect a shadow ministry role.

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