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Albanese denies leadership is under threat if Eden-Monaro is lost

Albanese denies leadership is under threat if Eden-Monaro is lost
Anthony Albanese has denied his leadership is under threat if Labor loses this Saturday's Eden-Monaro by-election.
The Labor leader has campaigned publicly 20 times for candidate Kristy McBain in the fire-ravaged electorate.
With the bushfire recovery a major focus for the ALP, Ms McBain, the Bega Valley Shire Mayor, was pre-selected as their candidate.
Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese is confident in his leadership no matter the result of this weekend's by-election. (9News)
In the final two days, Mr Albanese is planning to ramp up his efforts, in what is predicted to be a tight contest.
Labor is trying to hold the seat after the retirement of Mike Kelly.
The Liberals and Nationals are both running, in a three-cornered battle.
Fiona Kotvojs, who ran at the last election, is the Liberals Candidate, while the Nationals pre-selected Trevor Hicks, a local councilor.
The campaign started with the possibility of NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro running, before he pulled out.
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance entered the fray to run as the Liberal candidate, before retreating the following day.
The Liberals are going in as underdogs, and the Prime Minister has appeared in the electorate five times during the campaign.
In the final 48 hours, the dash to the finish line is on.
Mr Albanese spoke to 9NEWS Political Reporter Jonathan Kearsley about campaigning, his leadership, and whether China is a political risk to Australia. View the video above for their conversation.