Bill Shorten targets Liberals for death tax ‘fake news’ on Facebook

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has hit out at the Coalition for a case of “fake news” being spread on social media, saying his opponents should be ashamed for mounting a scare campaign about a tax on inheritances.

The opposition has demanded Facebook remove material being shared on its platform that incorrectly claims Labor and the Greens have signed a secret agreement to introduce a 40 per cent “death tax”.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten speaking in Melbourne on Saturday. Credit:AAP

The content, which has been shared in posts and messages, links to a media release on Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s website that argues an inheritance tax under Labor is “not out of the question” because the idea has previously been favoured by opposition frontbencher and economist Andrew Leigh and the union movement.

While the Liberal Party has denied being behind the Facebook content, Prime Minister Scott Morrison publicly speculated on Saturday that there was a secret Labor-Greens deal and whether “death taxes” were involved.


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