Labor leader Anthony Albanese won't commit to an independent inquiry to examine bullying allegations against late Victorian senator Kimberley Kitching.
Despite growing calls for an investigation - including by former Labor MPs - into claims Senator Kitching was bullied, the opposition leader said an independent probe was not needed.
"Kimberley Kitching would want us to move on, to dedicate ourselves to a Labor victory at the election," he told the Nine Network on Wednesday.
"In terms of going forward, we have an ongoing review of all of our internal processes."
Mr Albanese said Senator Kitching did not make a formal complaint about any bullying allegations and did not come to him directly with any concerns.
He said the late senator only raised an issue of being left out of Labor's tactics committee with the party's deputy leader Richard Marles.
"There was no complaint put in by Kimberley, my office is open to every member of the caucus," he said.
"We have processes in place now. If we can improve those processes, I'm certainly up for it."
Mr Albanese said there was always "argy bargy" from time to time within Labor, and the appointment and removal of MPs from various committees was a normal part of politics.
He hit back at comments from Prime Minister Scott Morrison that he was "gutless" for going to ground in the wake of the bullying allegations becoming public.
"I won't be taking lectures from a prime minister who visited Lismore and had streets shut off so victims of floods could not get near him," Mr Albanese said.
"I won't be lectured by a prime minister who will not debate issues in parliament and who gags debate."
Mr Morrison said the opposition leader was simply trying to distract from the bullying allegations.
"If he can't stand up to the bullies in his own party, how does he think he's going to stand up to the bullies in our (Indo-Pacific) region," he told Nine on Wednesday.
"If Anthony Albanese is just going to dismiss very serious issues in his own party about bullying ... he can't be trusted to show the strength that is needed."
Labor's national executive, which met on Wednesday, expressed its condolences following the death of Senator Kitching, and adopted Mr Albanese's proposal for a Kimberley Kitching Human Rights Award to be awarded by the ALP national conference.
It also opened nominations for the party's Victorian Senate ticket, which will close at 2pm on Monday.
If an election is required, it will occur in Canberra on Tuesday afternoon.
Senator Kitching was laid to rest this week following her sudden death aged 52, from a suspected heart attack in Melbourne on March 10.
The Senate will have a special sitting on Monday, at the request of the leaders of the government and opposition in consultation with other senators, to enable senators to speak on a condolence motion for Senator Kitching.
Australian Associated Press
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