Labor is lucky to have two good leadership contenders, but Anthony Albanese is the man for the job, say two NSW Labor MPs.
NSW Deputy Opposition Leader Linda Burney and frontbencher Penny Sharpe, who have both known Mr Albanese for over 20 years, declared their support for him above rival contender Bill Shorten on Friday.
Ms Burney said Mr Albanese's commitment to his local community won her vote.
"His own personal story exemplifies what the ALP is about," she told reporters in Sydney.
"He's totally committed to the party."
Ms Sharpe said she supported Mr Albanese because of his "unwavering support of equality" and his backing for same-sex rights.
"At every conference of the national Labor Party Anthony has been supportive of advancing the rights and wishes of same-sex couples and their families," she said.
Both deny the new leadership process has left Labor in a leadership vacuum and say they would like to see it introduced at a state level.