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    Australia has not had a good Prime Minister since John Howard but in the year 2019 , surely current Prime Minister Scott Morrison is a better choice , more predictable .

    Caught 'fibbing', website edits and refusing to answer questions: How the wheels have suddenly fallen off Bill Shorten's campaign after a series of embarrassing stumbles

    • Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has had a horror 24 hours on the campaign trail
    • He repeatedly dodged questions about Labor's climate and super policies
    • The Labor Party has also removed negative gearing policies from its website
    • Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen deployed to explain why details needed update


    The man who is the overwhelming favourite to become Australia's next prime minister has had a horror 24 hours on the election campaign trail.

    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, whose Labor Party is ahead in the polls, badly tripped up when it came to explaining his climate change and superannuation tax policies.

    The Labor Party has also removed from its website detailed explanations around its plans to wind back negative gearing tax breaks for landlords and deprive share-owning retirees of tax refunds.

    Mr Shorten had testy exchanges with not one, but two, reporters on Tuesday as he campaigned in the marginal Liberal-held electorate of Boothby, in Adelaide's southern suburbs.

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    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten (pictured in Perth) suffered a series of blunders when it came to explaining his climate change and superannuation tax policies

    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten (pictured in Perth) suffered a series of blunders when it came to explaining his climate change and superannuation tax policies




    The Labor leader repeatedly refused to rule out raising taxes on superannuation contributions, despite being asked the same question twice by Sky News journalist James O'Doherty.

    'We have no plans to increase taxes,' Mr Shorten told reporters.

    When asked again if he could guarantee there would be no tax increases, the Labor leader repeated what he had just said.

    'We have no plans to introduce any new taxes in superannuation,' he said.

    The Labor leader repeatedly refused to rule out raising taxes on superannuation contributions, despite being asked the same question twice by Sky News journalist James O'Doherty (pictured)

    The Labor leader repeatedly refused to rule out raising taxes on superannuation contributions, despite being asked the same question twice by Sky News journalist James O'Doherty (pictured)

    In the same media conference at Bedford Park, 10 News First reporter Jonathan Lea (pictured) became frustrated when Mr Shorten declined to provide detail on Labor's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    In the same media conference at Bedford Park, 10 News First reporter Jonathan Lea (pictured) became frustrated when Mr Shorten declined to provide detail on Labor's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    Finance Minister Matthias Cormann exploited the exchange to accuse Mr Shorten of telling fibs when it came to raising taxes.

    'Bill Shorten yesterday lied to the Australian people,' he told Sky News on Wednesday morning.

    Hours later, Mr Shorten admitted in Perth had he failed to answer O'Doherty's question.

    'I was answering a question which I thought I'd been asked and I accept that it was a different question asked,' he told reporters on Wednesday, before clarifying the winding back of a tax concession on super was not the same as increasing taxes.

    In the same Tuesday media conference at Bedford Park, 10 News First reporter Jonathan Lea became frustrated when Mr Shorten declined to provide detail on how Labor's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would affect the economy.

    'When can voters expect to learn more about Labor's emission reduction target, how you're going to get there and the cost to the economy?' Lea asked.

    Mr Shorten took exception to the suggestion from 10 News he had focused exclusively on health

    Mr Shorten took exception to the suggestion from 10 News he had focused exclusively on health

    Lea said Mr Shorten's reply to Prime Minister Scott Morrison's budget was 'focused exclusively on health', a claim Mr Shorten took exception to.

    'First of all I haven't spoken exclusively about health... I don't know what private conversations you have with people or what you want to reveal, but let me go to the record,' Mr Shorten said.

    Finance Minister Matthias Cormann (pictured) exploited the exchange to accused Mr Shorten of telling fibs.

    Finance Minister Matthias Cormann (pictured) exploited the exchange to accused Mr Shorten of telling fibs.

    Adding to Labor's woes, the party was accused of hiding its policies from voters after its website removed details of plans to scrap negative gearing tax breaks for future purchases of existing properties, and halve the capital gains discount from 50 per cent to 25 per cent.

    Labor is also proposing to stop share-owning retirees, who don't pay income tax, from receiving tax refunds, also known as franking credits.

    A brief fact sheet about this policy, unveiled last year, was still on the party website, as of Wednesday afternoon.

    The Opposition initially released its negative gearing policy in early 2016, ahead of the previous federal election.

    It had earlier argued its plan to scale back of franking credits and wind back negative gearing would save almost $80billion during the next decade, but Labor argued it needed to update its costings.




    When the subject of the website was raised on Wednesday, at another media conference in Perth, Mr Shorten deferred to shadow treasurer Chris Bowen.

    Mr Bowen explained the party's national secretary Noah Carroll was updating the online content.

    'All the policies will be put there which hasn't been the case in every other election that all the polices are outlined on the website,' he told reporters.

    'Some of them were taken down to be updated some time ago.

    'They are being updated, they will be on the website, all our policies.'

    Mr Bowen, who previously served as treasurer in 2013 when Labor was last in government, said details of the Opposition's three-year old policies needed to be updated.

    When the subject of the website was raised on Wednesday, at another media conference in Perth, Mr Shorten deferred to shadow treasurer Chris Bowen (left) who argued the policies were released in 2016 and details needed to be updated for 2019

    When the subject of the website was raised on Wednesday, at another media conference in Perth, Mr Shorten deferred to shadow treasurer Chris Bowen (left) who argued the policies were released in 2016 and details needed to be updated for 2019

    'Some of the policies we announced in 2016, this is the 2019 election, those pages need to be updated and it will happen,' he said.

    A Newspoll released this week had Labor leading the Coalition Government 52 to 48 per cent, after preferences.

    If replicated at the May 18 election, the government would lose 12 seats to Labor, with a swing of 2.4 per cent against them.

    Sportsbet still had Labor as the favourite to win the election, with short odds of $1.18 compared with $4.75 for Mr Morrison's Liberal-National Coalition.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6930419/Opposition-Leader-Bill-Shorten-horror-24-hours-campaign-dodges-policy-questions.html

    Last edited by MajorJohnny: 18/04/19
 
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