Australia

Labor reviews campaign as secretary quits

Noah Carroll's departure is likely to be confirmed after Labor's national executive meets on Friday. (AAP)

Labor national secretary Noah Carroll is set to resign from the position, as the party recovers from its shock loss at the May 18 federal election.

Labor is about to lose its national secretary Noah Carroll, as the party rebuilds following its shock federal election loss.

Mr Carroll's resignation is expected to be confirmed after Labor's national executive meets in Canberra on Friday.

He has been the party's national secretary and campaign director since September 2016, having been key to Labor's successful 2014 state election campaign in Victoria.

Assistant national secretaries Sebastian Zwalf and Paul Erickson have been flagged as possible replacements in the role.

It's expected former South Australian premier Jay Weatherill and former federal minister Craig Emerson will review the campaign, as the party routinely does after each election.

Dr Emerson hails from Queensland, which was ground zero for Labor's loss.

Former Labor leader Bill Shorten told colleagues after the May 18 election powerful vested interests were to blame for the coalition being returned.

"We were up against corporate leviathans, a financial behemoth, spending unprecedented hundreds of millions of dollars advertising, telling lies, spreading fear - they got what they wanted," he told the caucus.

Labor national president Wayne Swan said the party needed to look at its policy offering and campaign strategies.

"It's got to be an honest, thorough examination of what went wrong," he told the ABC.

"We've got to listen to the community and we've got to come out of that process united, behind a new leader."

Labor has 68 seats in the lower house, down one on its previous position.

Nationwide, Labor received 33.34 per cent of the primary vote - a 1.4 per cent swing against the opposition party - while the coalition received 41.4 per cent.

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