Bill short on the truth over Adani
BILL Shorten's credibility has taken a new hit after he denied ever uttering he was against Adani, despite his own transcripts revealing him saying: "I don't support the Adani project. I'm not supportive of it."
On the same day, he was forced to clarify tax cut comments he made to a high-earning Gladstone worker. The embattled Opposition Leader, rocked by another campaign blunder, faces re-entering a full-throttled election campaign tomorrow having to defend his authenticity.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Mr Shorten will call a truce for Anzac Day today but will escalate their campaign ahead of pre-poll opening from Monday.
The Coalition seized on Mr Shorten's comments yesterday, saying it proved he said one thing in one city and the opposite elsewhere. Asked why he had said in the past year that he was against the Adani mine, Mr Shorten said: "No I haven't. I have said that I was sceptical of it because they missed so many deadlines.
"But in terms of the science, the law, sovereign risk - we will be governed by the law. That has been our position."
Transcripts circulated by Mr Shorten's office reveal in Perth in March, Mr Shorten said: "I don't support the Adani project. I'm not supportive of it. I make no secret that I don't like it very much."
Resources Minister Matt Canavan accused Mr Shorten of being caught out.
"If Bill Shorten can't remember what he says yesterday, what he says today can't be trusted,'' Senator Canavan said. "We need leaders whose positions don't change based on their GPS location."
Mr Shorten defended telling a Gladstone coal worker on Monday that he would "look at" giving those who earned $250,000 a tax cut. Under Labor, those earning more than $180,000 a year are whacked with extra tax.
"What I said is that I understood his point of view. He's frustrated, he does a lot of overtime, and he wants to make sure that he's making ends meet,'' Mr Shorten said.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said Mr Shorten "has a different story every time he talks to somebody different depending on what he thinks people want to hear".
Adani's bid to bankrupt traditional land owner Adrian Burragubba of Woolloongabba, who fought to stop its $2 billion Carmichael mine in the courts, will be heard next month, three days before the Federal election. The company alleges Mr Burragubba owes them $637,960.