Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Witch Hunt or Fair Probe?

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Witch Hunt or Fair Probe?

Article excerpt

BILL Shorten called this Royal Commission a witch hunt from the outset, and at first I was inclined to agree.

Ordered by Abbott, funded by taxpayers and directed solely at the Liberals' arch nemeses, the dreaded unions: covens of cackling stand-over crones, the lot of them.

It was surely a stunt. A despicable misuse of public money to further Tony's political ambitions and discredit those contemptible lefties on the wrong side of parliament.

But things started to look different when the Labor leader admitted he had not disclosed the $40,000 donation of a campaign staffer while running for the 2007 federal election.

Making a clerical error amid the excitement of winning an election for the first time is understandable.

Stupid, yes, but ultimately pardonable.

But putting in the missing paperwork eight years down the track - three days before you front a royal commission - and claiming it was just a coincidence?

Sure, Bill.

"Were you waiting to see whether this would emerge in the royal commission? …

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