George Wright is stepping down. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen The architect of Labor’s stronger than expected 2016 election campaign, George Wright, has quit his post as ALP secretary and will return to the corporate world through a senior post at BHP Billiton.
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Victorian Labor general secretary Noah Carroll is considered the early favourite to succeed Mr Wright and engineer the next federal campaign for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Mr Wright received Mr Shorten’s blessing in standing down after five and a half years in charge of the party – a comparatively long stint compared to some of his predecessors.

In a statement, Mr Shorten said Mr Wright leaves “with honour”.

Mr Wright, who worked on the landmark “Your Rights At Work” campaign at the ACTU, endured the humiliating 2013 election loss to the Tony Abbott-led Coalition, a campaign in which relations between party headquarters and Kevin Rudd’s travelling party were severely tested.

He took the reins of the federal party from Karl Bitar in 2011.

“After two federal election campaigns, two ALP national conferences and numerous by-elections it is time for me to spend more time with my family in my home town of Melbourne,” Mr Wright said on Tuesday.

Mr Wright will take up a senior corporate affairs role with BHP Billiton in Melbourne.

He thanked the Labor leaders he has worked for.

Mr Shorten said Mr Wright had been “central to the work of rebuilding Labor”, growing the party’s membership and engaging with supporters and volunteers in new and better ways.

“I have worked alongside George in various capacities for 22 years – he’s someone whose advice I’ve always valued. He’s a man who stays calm under pressure and, even in the toughest of times, never loses his sense of humour.”

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