Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says Kristina Keneally’s looming preselection for the Western Sydney seat of Fowler has kicked off a “huge kerfuffle” in the Labor party around diversity.

“So Albanese rolling Keneally’s Fowler preselection together with some diversity candidates through the national executive and rank and file preselections next week in a bid to show the party still cares about people from an ethnic background,” Mr Clennell said.

“Former staffer and Sydney University academic Sally Sitou, who I understand hails from a Chinese Australian background, is being lined up to run for the seat of Reid.

“And Xian Zhi-Soon, a former DFAT diplomat of Malaysian descent, who worked for the Nudge Unit on Behavioural Policy in the UK, as well as in Kevin Rudd’s office, is favoured to win preselection for the seat of Banks.

“And an indigenous doctor is set to be preselected for Robertson. Of course, all of these candidates are seeking to win government-held seats. Kristina Keneally has a 14 per cent Labor margin to work within Fowler.

“Anthony Albanese has got up and pushed these preselections through because he was sick of waiting for NSW head office to get on with it.”

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