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Bill Shorten A Dead Man Walking

Paul Zanetti

Paul Zanetti is a Walkley award winning syndicated cartoonist with over 30 years in the media. He blogs at


BILL Shorten's decision to play the class envy card last week magnified the hollowness of the opposition leader. Shorten doesn’t have class envy but that doesn’t mean he won’t have a go at playing the dud cards of jealousy, resentment and covetousness for all they're worth. Or not worth.  

The politics of envy is the oldest trick in the book for an aspiring politician, as nakedly ambitious as Bill. Baiting the envious by pointing to an opponent with money is both low and desperate. 

It exposes Bill as having not much in his kit bag for anyone. 

He reaches in to pull out old school Marxism, which may have worked a treat a century ago, but we’ve come a long way in the past few decades. 

Shorten’s attack on Malcolm Turnbull for being successful and rich has backfired spectacularly on an opposition leader with a reputation for having no ideas and no strategy. 

Those harbouring resentment of others’ success are already rusted-on Labor and Green voters so it's a futile exercise. The reasonable, smart Australians aren’t sucked in.

That’s because most average folk are aspirational - wanting a better life for them and their kids, achieved mostly through study, long work hours, opportunity, risk…and a little luck. 

You most often make your own luck. The harder you work, the luckier you get. 

But you won’t hear that from Bill Shorten. Nor will you get that from Bill. 

The evidence at the Trade Union Royal Commission (TURC) is peeling layer after layer from Bill’s past. If Bill was your union boss, the harder you worked the unluckier you got. 

The picture emerging of union leader Bill Shorten is he was too ready to screw over union members for the union and his own career gain. 

Deals after deals are rising to the surface, where Shorten traded away workers’ entitlements for financial gain to the boss (or companies), who then ‘donated’ considerable sums of money to Bill’s union and his political aspirations. It looks bad because it is bad. 

While Shorten was the head of the Australian Workers Union, the AWU signed a deal with Australia’s ­largest mushroom producer, ­Chiquita Mushrooms, saving the company $3.5 million a year. The deal had the mushroom company pay $4,000 per month to the AWU while cutting workers’ conditions.

In 2007 Shorten did a deal with a labour hire company, Unibilt. Evidence at the TURC shows he represented the workers in wage negotiations, cutting a deal to pay $40,000 to fund an election campaign manager who actually worked for him. This was only disclosed recently when the deal was about to become public. Shorten denies this.

Last week, company executives from construction partners Thiess John Holland told the TURC hundreds of thousands of dollars were made in disguised payments to the AWU when Shorten was heading the union. The payments ­involved alleged sham invoices.

The week’s hearings at the TURC ended with another revelation. From 2003 to 2005 ACI Glass paid more than $450,000 to the AWU under Shorten.

As the evidence rolls out, Shorten continues to say, “I done nuffink wrong! Wasn’t me.” 

But the evidence is the evidence. Bill was supposed to look after the worker. That was his job. 
Since Bill was a boy he dreamt of being Prime Minister, joining the Labor Party in 1985 at the age of 17. 

But this is not a man you want for Prime Minister. 

He was educated at the privileged Xavier College, one of Melbourne’s most exclusive and expensive Catholic private schools.

His climb to the top has not been one of working up through the sites, yards, or mines. Bill’s never lifted a hammer or shovel for a living. He's not one of the workers. He's one of the chosen few. 

Bill’s move up the Labor career ladder has been one of a privileged education then making and dropping friends, cultivating only those of most use to him. You might hang around for a while, but he weighed you up and if you didn’t hold a key to his political ambition, you were forgotten. He was also very close to one of the country’s richest billionaires, cardboard king Richard Pratt, a political and financial benefactor. 

Aaron Patrick, who was at Monash University with Shorten, now at The Australian Financial Review says he was charmed by Shorten at uni. 

He says, ”I loved the guy. He was fantastic. But then, when I was no longer of use politically, he ended the friendship and we didn't have any contact after that." A former federal Labor MP says that fits with a pattern: "Bill has a capacity to burn people relatively quickly after they've delivered what Bill wants."

He’s also a pretender if he sees an advantage. A fake. 

When Shorten appeared on Kitchen Cabinet, the ABC show where politicians are showcased cooking a dish for journalist Annabel Crabb, Shorten cooked ratatouille. 

Yossi Berger, a former AWU union colleague says, "He's pretending to cook ratatouille, which he hasn’t a bloody clue how to do. This is a charade. I mean this is a rubber ratatouille or something.” 

Berger said Shorten's whole performance was fake, adding "He puts his arm around Chloe, he kisses her on the cheek. This is all role-playing. You don't see the real person."

Shorten also became estranged from his own father who divorced his mother in 1988 then remarried two years later. 

His father’s widow, Helen says that Bill snr never understood why his own son had cut him off. After his father died, Helen said, “He and I were supposed to be co-executors of his father's will, but he just didn't respond any time I tried to call him. I had a few personal things of his father's that I thought might have been of interest to him in the event that he eventually had some children, but I'm still holding them here."

Shorten first came to the public’s notice during the Beaconsfield mine collapse where two miners, Brant Webb and Todd Russell, were found to still be alive two days after the collapse on Anzac Day 2006. The nation became transfixed as media crews scrambled around the mine opening as rescuers worked to free the trapped miners, buried alive a kilometre underground. 

Bill, their union boss, got himself, lighting quick, to the eye of the media spotlight. The second most dangerous place at the Beaconsfield mine site was between Bill and a TV camera.

What’s not well known is Bill didn’t fly to the Tasmanian mine site on an economy ticket, but in billionaire Richard Pratt’s private jet. 

Portraying Turnbull as un-worker like is as disingenuous as he gets. Shorten has never been one of the ‘workers’. He’s been an organiser, dealer, number cruncher, branch stacker beneficiary and back stabber. 

Never one to let an opportunity go by, his Beaconsfield ‘celebrity status’ leveraged him into parliament in the 2007 federal election. 

The sitting Labor MP, Bob Sercombe, pulled out of the contest saying it was a stitch-up. "Bill will win simply because of the deals that have been done, and the locals will be ignored," a bitter Bob Sercombe said.

Internal party emails suggest Shorten was the recipient of a voting block organised by George Seitz, a Labor member of Victoria’s parliament, a notorious branch stacker. 

Shorten who was also the Victorian ALP party president at the time chaired a meeting which exempted Seitz from a party rule that says state MPs must retire at 65. When asked about this later, Shorten refused to comment saying any comment would “just give the allegation oxygen”.

His legacy as chief architect in knifing two sitting Prime Minsters is perhaps the most glaring and unedifying example of self serving ruthlessness. The only regret he has is that the episodes have tarnished his image.

Image is everything to Bill. He loves pretending he’s the defender of the worker, while history tells a different story. 

Even personally he has questionable morals. Image being the dominant factor. 

He left his wife for Chloe Bryce, blonde haired daughter of then Governor General, Quentin Bryce. Shorten and Chloe had been seeing each other while he was still married. 

Shorten and Chloe Bryce had dinner together at Quentin Bryce’s home on September 5, 2007, when Quentin Bryce was Queensland Governor. 

Shorten went on later to win the Victorian seat of Maribyrnong in the November 2007 federal election.

In his maiden speech on Valentine’s Day February 2008, Shorten thanked his wife, Deborah Beale, four months after he had dinner with Chloe at Quentin Bryce’s home.

"Above all others - and I can say this on Valentine's Day - I thank my wife, Deb Beale, an endlessly intelligent, supportive and loving woman,'' he said.

Shorten didn’t tell his wife he’d been seeing Chloe until almost a year after the dinner with Chloe at Chloe’s mum’s house.

He dropped the news at a Collingwood game at the MCG in August 2007 when he told his wife, “I don't think I want to be married any more,” according to an insider. 

"She was totally shocked," said the insider.

Chloe Bryce became pregnant to Shorten while both were still married. When contacted to comment, Shorten's wife, Debbie Beale, said, "You're tempting me", then declined to comment further.

That tells you as much as you really need to know about Bill. 

Which gets us back to Bill’s nasty streak, his politics of envy. 

He could pursue policies in the parliament, for the betterment of the nation, but chooses the politics of smear. From a man who has so many skeletons in his closet this is a highly risky strategy.

Attacking the PM because he has investments in funds based in the Cayman Islands is about as dumb as it gets.

Bill and his own Labor MPs have their own money tied up in superannuation funds which invest in holdings incorporated and registered in the Cayman Islands including funds used by the Labor frontbenchers who led the attack on Turnbull last week, Chris Bowen and Sam Dastyari. Just about everyone who has money in a super fund in Australia has some links to the Caymans. 

But worse for Shorten, he used to be a director of the fund that chose the entity that uses the Caribbean tax haven.

Shorten’s days are numbered for myriad reasons. 

In the preferred PM polls he lies in a political graveyard since the Turnbull-Abbott coup. Turnbull leads Shorten as preferred prime minister by 57 per cent to 19 per cent. 

Shorten opts for nasty, uninspiring, personal attacks over positive solutions for the country’s challenges. 

By comparison Turnbull is buoyant, witty, charming, positive and constructive. The left love Turnbull yet look sideways at Shorten out of necessity, not hope. 

The one saving grace for Shorten is ‘Rudd’s Rule’ which the resurrected KRudd put into effect to ensure no sitting PM could be knifed by a handful of backroom faceless men in an overnight coup. 

The caucus-approved rule says that a prime minister can only be removed if 75 per cent of MPs agree to force a ballot, or 60 per cent of caucus for an opposition leader. 

Labor did not endorse the rule in the national constitution at the ALP national conference in July this year, meaning caucus can reverse Rudd’s Rule any time it likes - or needs to, without needing to go back to the party.

This has left a nervous Bill Shorten very exposed.

The latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll makes Shorten’s bad position worse. 
PM Turnbull’s popularity has given the Coalition a commanding lead of 53 per cent to 47 per cent against Labor on a two-party preferred basis. 

The gap is even wider, 54 to 46 per cent, when voters are asked where they'd place their preferences.

When Turnbull got rid of Abbott five weeks ago, a grinning Shorten beamed, “One down, one to go.”

Little did he realise that 'one to go’ will most certainly be Bill Shorten. 


No choices between the devil BS you know and the devil MT you will know if Toadbull wins the election

He has been looking ahead since the early 70s - for himself -nothing of benefit to Australia or Australians .

I'd rather someone as PM that knows how make/earn money rather than dimwit that only knows how to spend it!

Read two wonderful nicknames given to Shorten and Turnball, SHORT ON BRAINS and TURN LEFT........ just love it

If the Labor Party don't shaft Shorten the TURC may well do it, but who in the Party of "no Policies" will replace him?

Larry, I thought you had it right in the second sentence when you wrote 'Shorten doesn’t have class' then I saw the word 'envy'.

haha when dear old Billy appeared on Kitchen Cabinet cooking show on the ABC he cooked a not to successful dish of ratatouille i believe,well he should have cooked a poultry dishbecause he is very good at cooking goose....coz he certainly has cooked HIS...good luck Bill you poor excuse for a human being

2002 Iraqi Intel Reported Wahhabis Are of Jewish Origin
David Livingstone on Tue, 08/02/2011
The U.S. Department of Defense has released translations of a number of Iraqi intelligence documents dating from Saddam’s rule. One, a General Military Intelligence Directorate report from September 2002, entitled “The Emergence of Wahhabism and its Historical Roots”, shows the Iraqi government was aware of the nefarious purposes of the Wahhabis of Saudi Arabia, often known as Salafis, in serving Western interests to undermine Islam.
The report relies heavily on the Memoirs of Mr. Hempher, which describe in detail how a British spy to the Middle East, in the middle of the eighteenth century, made contact with Adbul Wahhab, to create a subversive version of Islam, the notorious sect of Wahhabism, which became the founding cult of the Saudi regime. The movement was temporarily suppressed by the Ottomam armies in the middle of the nineteenth century. But with the assistance of the British, the Wahhabis and their Saudi sponsors returned to power and founded their own state in 1932. Since then, the Saudis have collaborated closely with the Americans, to whom they owe their tremendous oil wealth, in funding various Islamic fundamentalist organizations and other American covert operations, particularly the "jihad" in Afghanistan. But the Saudis simulatenously use the immense wealth at their dispossal to disseminate this disruptive brand of Islam to various parts of the world, categorized by some of the largest propaganda campaign in history.
Many who defend Wahhabism as a legitimate reform movement of Islam have tried to dismiss the Memoirs as a spurious fabrication. These include Bernard Haykel, Professor in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, who, without providing any evidence, presumes the Memoirs to have been created by Ayyub Sabri Pasha.
However, while the Memoirs only emerged in the 1970s, Pasha wrote his version of the story already in 1888. Ayyub Sabri Pasha was a well-known Ottoman writer and Turkish naval admiral, who served the Ottoman army in the Arabian Pensinsula, writing several works about the region and it's history. Including The Beginning and Spreading of Wahhabism, where he recounts Abdul Wahhab's association and plotting with Hempher.
In addition to that revealed in the Hempher Memoirs, the Iraqi intelligence report also makes known some surprising claims, derived from works circulated in Arabic which have not been translated into English. As the report recounts, both Abdul Wahhab, and his sponsor, ibn Saud, who founded the Saudi dynasty, were of Jewish origin.
For example, D. Mustafa Turan wrote, in The Donmeh Jews, that Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab was a descendant of a family of Donmeh Jews from Turkey. The Donmeh were descendants of followers of the infamous false-messiah of Judaism, Shabbetai Zevi, who shocked the Jewish world in 1666 by converting to Islam. Viewing it as a sacred mystery, Zevi's followers imitated his conversion to Islam, though secretly keeping to their Kabbalistic doctrines. In Europe, the Shabbeteans were eventually led a century later by Jacob Frank, claiming to be a reincarnation of Zevi. And, according to Rabbi Antelman in To Eliminate the Opiate, to them belonged the Rothschilds who had a hand in the founding of the Bavarian Illuminati. The Donmeh community of Turkey were concentrated in the city of Salonika, which became a hotbed of Masonic activity, and from which the Young Turk movement evolved, which aided in the collapse of the Muslim empire of the Ottoman Turks. There is evidence that Ataturk himself, the founder of the modern Turkish state, was of Donmeh origin as well.
Turan maintains that Abdul Wahhab's grandfather, Sulayman was actually Shulman, having belonged to the Jewish community of Bursa in Turkey. From there he settled in Damascus, where he feigned Islam, but was apparently expelled for practicing sorcery. He then fled to Egypt and he again faced condemnation, so made his way he to the Hijaz, where he got married and fathered Abdul Wahhab. According to the report, the same is claimed in The Donmeh Jews and the Origin of the Saudi Wahabis, Rifat Salim Kabar.
The notion of the Saudi family being of Jewish heritage has been published by Mohammad Sakher, who, it is claimed, was ordered killed by the regime for his revelations. The report relates a similar account, but from different sources. According The Wahabi Movement/The Truth and Roots, by Abdul Wahhab Ibrahim Al-Shammari, for example, ibn Saud is actually descended from Mordechai bin Ibrahim bin Mushi, a Jewish merchant from Basra. Apparently, when he was approached by members from the Arabian tribe of Aniza, then claimed to be one of them, and traveled with them to Najd and his name became Markhan bin Ibrahim bin Musa.
Additionally, Abdul Wahhab was descended from Wahib Al-Tamimi, so, as reported by al Said Nasir, in The History of the Saud Family, the Saudi ambassador in Cairo, Abdullah bin Ibrahim al Mufaddal, paid Muhammad Al-Tamimi thirty five thousand Jinee in the year 1943, to forge a family tree of the Saudi family and that of Abdul Wahhab, and merge them into one, claiming their origin from the Prophet Mohammed.
While it would be difficult to independantly authenticate these claims, they are interesting in light of the role that the state of Saudi Arabia has and continues to play with regards to supporting and advancing Western power in the Middle East and elsewhere. Especially astounding is the very dubious and virulent form of Islam, that Wahhabism and Salafism represent, which is currently wreaking havoc on Islamic traditions, and dividing the Muslim community in petty squabbles over trivial details, allowing the War on Islam to proceed effectively unchecked.

BITS... 'tis indeed so, but you know who'll collect the kudos don't you?

Abbott initiated the TURC which well and truly nailed this little prick...well before Turnbull made his move

it's long overdue that manipulators like this little prick have been found out to be what they truly are... my message to him and others like him...go get a real job and stop leeching off others....

I just wonder if Billious got down to business and came up some positive ways to make the country operate better, he just might close the gap on Turnbull, but no he wants to play his silly girly little games. There's a country to be run bill and you're in the bloody way of a bulldozer.

Shorten comes across in question time like a bitchy little girl who missed the last slice a fairy bread. His voice is weak and he is one bloke I would NEVER buy a used car from.

Who really cares about Shorten --hes a dog and a thief

Husker Du - Don't Want to Know If you are Lonely

Well, horsie, bugger off, you're surplus to requirements!!

Krauthammer President's statement on Israel is shameful

On 'The Kelly File,' Fox News contributor says Obama drew an unjust equivalency between Israeli and Palestinian actions
Watch Charles Krauthammer and Megyn Kelly talk about Middle East and World Regions on The Kelly File.

Thousands rally for Israel in Paris, Rome and Madrid
Spanish demonstrators hold up signs declaring 'Yo estoy con Israel' - I am with Israel; 4,000 demonstrate in front of Israeli embassy in Paris.

Momentum is building on Capitol Hill for a new congressional resolution that would cut more than $5 billion in US aid to the Palestinian Authority as a result of the wave of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis.
Let's hope this goes through!

Agree BDS, but we are very good at ignoring them when they refuse to listen to common sense and logic.