Bill Shorten dismisses claims he’s not well-liked

The interview was preceded by a clip that referred to the Opposition Leader as a “numbers man”, who had survived a number of his leaders being axed. Mr Shorten called the comments “fire cracks” and dismissed the claims as conservative commentary, in a prerecorded interview before he delivered a tribute to former prime minister Bob Hawke. “Let’s go to the heart of the matter,” he said. “Wherever I go in Australia, Australians are telling me they want to vote for change. ‘Winning doesn’t scare me. What scares me is not…

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D-Day arrives for desperate Penrith Panthers

Trailing 28-6 at the break, Penrith peeled back the margin inch by inch before Tyrone Peachey scored the match winner. The comeback saved the Panthers’ season. Loading They won 10 of their next 14 matches to scrape into the finals. There may only be eight players who featured in that win two years ago and there may be a new coach at the helm but Penrith fans are desperate to see history repeat against the same opponent tonight. The first man to admit a performance of that capacity looks out…

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Bill Shorten invokes Gough Whitlam in final push

At the Blacktown Civic Centre, Mr Whitlam had pitched his campaign as “a choice between the past and the future”, while setting out policies such as free university education and universal healthcare. Mr Whitlam criticised “instability” in the Coalition ranks, which Mr Shorten has also done during the 2019 campaign. Loading On Thursday, Mr Shorten used some of Mr Whitlam’s words when he said Australia had to choose between “the habits and fears of the past, or the demands and opportunities of the future”. In a play on Mr Whitlam’s…

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Tony Abbott slammed for Hawke comments

Mr Hawke’s death at 89 was announced on Thursday evening, with tributes pouring in from both sides of politics. But it was Mr Abbott’s statement that raised eyebrows, with the former PM’s description of Mr Hawke as having “a Labor heart, but a Liberal head” angering many Australians. “Bob Hawke was a great prime minister. In my judgment, he was Labor’s greatest prime minister,” said Mr Abbott. RELATED: Former prime minister Bob Hawke dies at 89 Bob Hawke and Tony Abbott in 2014.Source:News Corp Australia “But his key achievements —…

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From Hobart to Cairns, Australian voters aren’t buying what Canberra is selling

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size Monika despairs about humanity. “I can’t tell you how many people don’t know how to fold a ballot paper and put it in a box,” she says. She is a teacher from Hobart who worked at a polling booth at the last election and is about to take a year 8 civics class. I have her pegged as a Labor voter after she tells me she wants better healthcare, more certain employment and improved mental health support for kids. But Opposition Leader…

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PM fires back against questions about his faith

Mr Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten faced tough questions from the host of the ABC’s 7.30 in the leaders’ final interviews on the show, before Australia goes to the polls on Saturday. On the night of legendary former prime minister Bob Hawke’s death, the program began with a recap of Mr Morrison’s rise to the top of politics in Australia. It was billed as his transition to ScoMo, with the sequence including references to his lifelong faith. Sales asked the Prime Minister why, when he was serving as treasurer…

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Chambers music to fans’ ears as Storm late show reels in Tigers

Welch, 24, is also out of contract next season and was in the sights of several sides. Instead he faces a second knee reconstruction after having one during the 2017 premiership season. He will undergo scans in the coming days to confirm his injury but the Storm strongly suspect he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament. While both sides ran up the score last game, the first 20 minutes was a cagey affair as they played for position and traded penalty goals. Flyin’ Ryan: Melbourne’s first tryscorer Ryan Papenhuyzen hits…

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Bob Hawke remembered by former prime ministers

Mr Shorten told reporters he had visited Mr Hawke in his Sydney home last week after Labor’s election campaign launch. “On his back verandah, sitting out there with his beloved Blanche, supported by Craig [Emerson, the former Labor minister]. He had the sun on his face, and a crossword in front of him, a cup of tea. He didn’t speak about himself to me. He did, as he always does, ask about the ALP and the election.” Bob Hawke and Bill Shorten pictured recently in Sydney. Speaking at Brisbane airport…

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‘Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum!’

Freshly elected to Australia’s highest office, Bob Hawke’s appearance at the 1983 America’s Cup solidified his place as a man of the people. It was perhaps his most iconic moment as prime minister. Wearing his national pride literally on his sleeve in a jacket emblazoned with the word “Australia”, Mr Hawke couldn’t hide his elation when Alan Bond’s Australia II beat the US team to take home the cup and declared a national holiday. Mr Hawke, who has died at the age of 89, had some now-famous advice for the…

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Coalition faces $18b hole if climate plan trips up

The Morrison government’s plan to rely on surplus “credits” to meet more than half the Paris climate goal is a “huge gamble” that could leave a funding gap if other nations formally rule out their use, according to a former Australian climate negotiator. Richie Merzian, director of The Australia Institute’s climate and energy program, said the Coalition’s intention to count the expected surplus of 367 million tonnes of so-called “carryover credits” generated by beating the Kyoto Protocol climate target to 2020 may be ruled unacceptable by other nations. The Coalition’s…

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