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‘Self-righteous’ Shorten now ‘staggering and slipping’ in PM race

Neil Mitchell
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Bill Shorten’s almost certain ascendancy to Prime Minister has taken a massive hit this week, says Neil Mitchell.

The 3AW Mornings host said news the dual citizenship scandal had now engulfed the Labor party would cause Mr Shorten “real problems” given his previous commentary on the matter.

“He’s either lied to us, or he’s been conned,” Neil Mitchell said.

“Either is unacceptable.

“For months, Bill Shorten has been assuring Australia all his members of parliament were legitimate and there were no problems with dual citizenship – that was only for the government and the Greens and the others.

“He said his party had the ‘right’ procedures and they weren’t sloppy. He really nailed his colours to the mast on this one.

“He’s been self-righteous and pious about it and that seemed fair enough – if he was right.

“But he wasn’t right.”

Neil Mitchell said the opposition leader had developed a “reputation” for “playing” with the truth.

“I believe this will cause his him real problems,” he said.

“Until now, Bill Shorten had been seen as a monty to be the next Prime Minister.

“He was the Steven Bradbury coming through the field because everyone else fell over. Not particularly well-liked or admired, but the only option.

“Now I think Bill Shorten is staggering and slipping all over the place.”

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