By Ben Hill For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 22:56 BST, 21 May 2019 | Updated: 23:41 BST, 21 May 2019
Sunrise host David Koch has given Labor leadership hopeful Chris Bowen a brutal reality check regarding his role in the party's disappointing election result.
Koch was interviewing Mr Bowen on Sunrise on Wednesday morning, and asked the Shadow Treasurer if he was 'tarnished' by Labor's dismal performance in Saturday's Federal Election.
'A lot of people are saying that it was your tax reform that lost the unloseable election,' Koch told Mr Bowen.
Sunrise host David Koch has given Labor leadership hopeful Chris Bowen a brutal reality check
'I claim full responsibility for all the policies I was involved in, for what we got right and for what people may say we got wrong,' Mr Bowen said.
Koch was scathing in his follow-up question.
'Tax reform has never won anyone an election. History says it is the kiss of death. You went in with a massive tax reform agenda, not that we don't need it.
'Franking credit reforms, you frightened the pants off so many retirees and families. How can you then put your hand up to be leader?
'Honest losers never get into power. That is the problem with politics.'
Mr Bowen said he believed Labor's policies were 'right for this election' despite the loss.