/A new low: Bill Shorten slams The Daily Telegraph for article on his mother

A new low: Bill Shorten slams The Daily Telegraph for article on his mother


May 08, 2019 09:14:17

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has launched a scathing attack on The Daily Telegraph for an article the newspaper has written about his mother.

Key points:

  • Bill Shorten said the newspaper “used his mum’s life as a political attack” on him
  • The News Corp paper accused the Opposition Leader of omitting parts of his mother’s career
  • Mr Shorten said financial circumstances should not dictate the career people pursued

The News Corporation publication, under the headline “Mother of Invention” accused the Labor leader of omitting parts of his mother’s career while talking about the sacrifices she made to raise her children.

“In a new low, The Daily Telegraph has decided to use my mum’s life as a political attack on me, and on her memory,” Mr Shorten said on Twitter.

“They think they know more about my mum than I do.”

While appearing on Q&A on Monday, Mr Shorten spoke of his mother, Dr Ann Shorten, as his inspiration.

He said she had wanted to study law but had to take a teacher’s scholarship so she could support him and his twin brother, Robert.

The Opposition Leader said he wanted to ensure all young people could pursue the career they wanted, irrespective of their socioeconomic status.

“She loved being a teacher and she was very good at it. She later became a teacher of teachers,” Mr Shorten said today.

“She worked at Monash University over three decades, but she always wanted to be in the law.”

The newspaper accused Mr Shorten of having neglected to say that his mother did study law and gained first-class honours before going on to practise for six years.

The Daily Telegraph also described Mr Shorten as having benefited from studying at “Melbourne’s elite Xavier College”.

Today, Mr Shorten said his mother studied law in her 50s and he was proud of what she achieved.

“When I was in my first year of law school, she was in her final year,” he said.

“She was her brilliant self and won the Supreme Court prize.

“She finally realised her dream and qualified as a barrister in her late 50s.”

In 2012, radio host Alan Jones told a Liberal fundraiser that then prime minister Julia Gillard’s father had “died of shame” because of his daughter’s political “lies”.

Ms Gillard declined his later attempts to apologise.





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May 08, 2019 08:47:53