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Key quotes from Albanese's caucus speech

Newly elected Labor leader Anthony Albanese has given his first speech to the federal caucus. Source: AAP

Anthony Albanese has given his first speech to the federal caucus as the newly elected Labor leader, taking over from Bill Shorten on Thursday.

KEY POINTS FROM ANTHONY ALBANESE'S CAUCUS SPEECH

* "We're not just a party, we're a movement. A movement for a better Australia."

* "I accept my share, as a senior shadow minister in the show, for the fact we weren't successful."

* "I say that I respect the office of prime minister. That doesn't mean you (Scott Morrison) will get an easy time, because you won't. My job and our job in this room so to hold you to account."

* "But I say this also - that where we can reach agreement, we will do so. I want to be known as the Labor leader, not the opposition leader."

* "There's a bit of a debate about aspiration going on. I see myself as the embodiment of aspiration. The son of a single mum, who made a courageous decision in 1963 to keep me, and indeed, under circumstances in which some of that brought shame, to have a child out of wedlock."

* "Chifley, of course, spoke about the light on the hill. We need to power that up so that every Australian in every corner of this vast continent can see the light that we offer."

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