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Labor Leader Bill Shorten in literal moving car crash

November 17, 2015

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Federal Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has taken his metaphorical car wreck of a political career and turned it into a moving feast of reality after crashing his late mother’s Mitsubishi Colt into an undisclosed number of parked cars while driving on Sunday morning.

According to eyewitness accounts, the fledgling leader was travelling along Pigdon Streetin Carlton, Melbourne at approximately 10.30am when his vehicle collided with the parked cars.

It is understood that Mr Shorten apparently lost control of a cup of coffee which led to the incident, The Gutter Trash reports.

His office confirmed the accident this morning and said that no one was injured as a result of the collision and Victoria Police were notified.

 

 

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  1. November 17, 2015 12:28 pm

    The crash was perhaps a forewarning of the disastrous poll results awaiting Mr Shorten two days later.

    A Fairfax Ipsos poll, released on Tuesday, shows Mr Shorten’s approval rating is at its lowest – 18 per cent – since he became Opposition Leader.

    The approval rating for Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull, meanwhile, has sky-rocketed to 69
    per cent.

    The poll also shows that primary support for the Coalition has jumped to 48 per cent, while support for the ALP has dropped to 29 per cent.

    The disparity will bring pressure on Mr Shorten’s leadership because it suggests Labor has not only lost any chance of winning the 2016 election, but has actually gone backwards since being trounced in 2013.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/opposition-leader-bill-shorten-crashes-car-in-melbourne-20151117-gl0pa1.html#ixzz3rhwz9nUS

  2. Tom R permalink
    November 17, 2015 12:31 pm

    So, Melbourne is directly related to Shortens unpopularity.

    I think you are definitely onto something there rebof ………….. 😉

  3. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 17, 2015 12:45 pm

    I wonder whether the police had a good look at his mobile phone(s)

    Spiling coffee is a great excuse though.

  4. November 17, 2015 12:45 pm

    so blib can`t even make it to the `wilderness` without calamity

    #why am l `un-surprised`

  5. November 17, 2015 12:59 pm

    POLL,,,,,,,,,,,,primary support for the Coalition has jumped to 48 per cent, while support for the ALP has dropped to 29 per cent,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    #this looks like `wilderness` territory to me, tho blib should hire a driver for his trip to the wilderness next time

  6. November 17, 2015 1:06 pm

    SMH,,,,,,,,,Turnbull`s 81-point lead over Bill Shorten on net approval,,,,,,,,,

    #this too looks like blib is heading to the wilderness (as-predicted) and the punters still resent blib, and/or the knifings and see no `value` in the teabag-lite, me-too messages being offered.

    #Great news for indi/other/greenz tho

  7. November 17, 2015 2:22 pm

    Where are those Pom-Poms?

  8. TB Queensland permalink
    November 17, 2015 7:30 pm

    I wonder whether the police had a good look at his mobile phone(s)

    Spiling coffee is a great excuse though.

    Either way … driving with undue care and attention …

  9. Rais permalink
    November 18, 2015 2:02 am

    At the end of his career Troy Buswell, a bright but unstable WA politician, crashed into several cars in a similar way. He was of course not tested for any substances that might normally be suspected in the circumstances but the incident proved to be the closing performance of his career. Troy did not think of the spilt coffee excuse. An inspection of the seats and carpet in Bill Shorten’s car would be interesting. One would be looking for coffee stains. Coffee Stains Royal Commission?

  10. Tom R permalink
    November 18, 2015 7:15 am

    Coffee Stains Royal Commission?

    turc will uncover the nasty truths. And, if they find none, they will still provide plenty of fodder from council accusing to “ruminate” on what may have been the Irish in the coffee

    We await with anticipation ANOTHER extension to the never ending witch hunt and public humiliation through innuendo and outright lies that has become a feature of Australia’s Royal Commissions.

    I note that Setka was absolved of all smears late on a Friday night, just as Shorten was, and after the turc had been highlighted as to how poor form this is, especially after the reams of negative press it creates.

    The belated sorry released with a whisper, but the smears leaked to a hungry yet empty press with a fanfare.

    And it seems to be doing a bang up job by the way

    $80million might seem like a lot to catch a cheating secretary with, but it’s rather cheap to kill a political opponent with.

  11. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 18, 2015 9:02 am

    Yeah!

    Nothing has been uncovered at the royal commission, NOTHING!

    EVERYTHING IS A LIE…

    …and by the way, Craig is innocent

  12. TB Queensland permalink
    November 18, 2015 10:02 am

    $80million might seem like a lot to catch a cheating secretary with, but it’s rather cheap to kill a political opponent with.

    Especially when we have an “expenditure” problem …

    Nothing has been uncovered at the royal commission, NOTHING!

    Certainly nothing that should not have been dealt with using existing systems and processes … eg. police, charges, courts … and certainly nothing that should have cost the taxpayers $80 million!

    … and be conducted by an obviously politically biased Royal Commissioner … not only bringing the Commission, himself and the judiciary into disrepute but the whole sorry ideologically driven process!

    $80 fkn million!

    Probably keep 1000 ex auto-workers … or a dozen new renewable energy manufacturing businesses! All squandered …

    Oh, the hypocrisy!

  13. Walrus permalink
    November 18, 2015 10:24 am

    A Fairfax Ipsos poll researcher analysing Bill Shorten’s poll numbers…….

  14. armchair opinionator permalink
    November 18, 2015 10:55 am

    Certainly nothing that should not have been dealt with using existing systems and processes … eg. police, charges, courts … and certainly nothing that should have cost the taxpayers $80 million! …

    Exactly!

    Nothing but an abuse of office to kneecap a political threat. If a RC was held into Liberal Party shenanigans they would come up with similar corruption and collusion.

    A RC into political donations would be most welcome…and the finance industry. Perhaps a RC into ashby/brough/roy, jackson/lawler and asylum seeker policy. A RC into separation of powers in australia, the closeness of the libs and the AFP, political lobbying and religious funding – let us see where all our money is going!

  15. armchair opinionator permalink
    November 18, 2015 11:08 am

    All were rewarded in the Turnball ministry too.

  16. armchair opinionator permalink
    November 18, 2015 11:46 am

  17. armchair opinionator permalink
    November 18, 2015 11:50 am

    Sad to hear about the formidable Jonah Lomu’s death at 40 years young.

  18. Tom R permalink
    November 19, 2015 8:06 am

    Sad to hear about the formidable Jonah Lomu’s death at 40 years young.

    I was shocked to hear about it AO, he was a brilliant player, and still looked to be in fine condition. But, apparently, he was quite a sick man. I don’t know the details, but it is always sad when somebody so (relatively) young dies like that.

  19. Tom R permalink
    November 19, 2015 8:16 am

    I see the reptiles at the oz are doing what they do best in trying times, continuing to try and trash Labors achievements, usually by bullshitting.

    Half of the units built by universities under the Rudd government’s flagship social housing scheme were let to foreign students to the detriment of the low-income workers the scheme was supposed to help, a damning audit has revealed.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/education/wealthy-got-half-of-university-nras-units-says-audit/story-fn59nlz9-1227614448283?sv=9c53d24253b8c8bfddbc285939719cd0

    They have been at this for years. It’s almost as if they have a vendetta against any kind of policy that might help out those at the lower end of the socioeconomic scale. Tin Foil Hat time?

    We will see

    From 2014

    nother article on Thursday, Wealthy foreigners pocketing rent aid, said in its first paragraph that “two in five places under NRAS have gone to students, and in many cases foreign students”.

    That’s 40 per cent, but the figure is not correct.

    How The Australian came to this figure is unclear.

    http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/politics/government/affordable-housing-nras-under-attack/60306

    Probably used hockeys eleventy abacus

    And, of course, the reality is far more nuanced than the oz could contemplate. Again, from 2014

    It is true that about 20% of dwellings approved for NRAS subsidies are student accommodation. About 25% of these (5% of all the housing produced, or around 1000 dwellings) are apparently let to foreign students. Whether they are indeed wealthy is another question, though it’s clear some fine tuning of NRAS eligibility might be warranted.

    At the same time, it could equally be argued that the increased supply of subsidised units in high rent areas around universities will create some downward pressure on rents to the benefit of all tenants in the area.

    http://theconversation.com/rental-affordability-scheme-fears-are-misplaced-24338

    But then, reality has never been an impediment to the oz to get on with their real business of bashing anybody not in tune with their trickle up ideology.

  20. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 19, 2015 8:45 am

    Yes, Jonah Lomu seemed indestructible. Very sad.

  21. Tom R permalink
    November 19, 2015 9:04 am

    Poor old morriscum, hot on the heels of Obama pwning him, he’s left holding the libs mis management of our economy. Yea, “wage explosion WAS all fear and smear, and we are now where we were back in Keatings “recession we had to have”

    It suggests that whatever the Coalition’s previous critiques of Australia’s industrial relations system, it’s doing the job they want, if perhaps a bit too well for the treasurer.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/wage-growth-hits-record-low-as-scott-morrison-tries-to-lift-incomes-20151118-gl1wtd.html?

    It also lends weight to the Unions claim that Labor didn’t go far enough winding back workchoices, and smashes the rights rhetoric over the wage explosion that never happened

    Unions BOO!

  22. Tom R permalink
    November 19, 2015 9:44 am

    Poor old malcayman. His fellow tax dodgers are under the spotlight, and sweating.

    I laughed last night when on the news one gut said they keep their tax arrangements in Ireland for “simplicity”, and they hadn’t ever considered the tax rates there 😯

    It was a day of high obfuscation as some of the world’s best known multinationals faced the Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance. Every one of them – Chevron, Shell, Uber, AirBnb, and their advisers from PwC Ernst & Young, KPMG and Deloitte – were exemplary corporate citizens, according to their testimony.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/business/comment-and-analysis/the-multinationals-rhetoric-isnt-reassuring-on-tricky-tax-affairs-20151118-gl25c3.html#ixzz3rszDzkyl

  23. Tom R permalink
    November 19, 2015 11:26 am

    Bushfire Bill gives his opinion on ‘teh’ car crash leader

    Turnbull is only there because Shorten knew how to play Abbott like a fiddle. He resisted his baits. He went along when there was no point, or no danger – to either himself, Labor or the public interest – in refusing to be wedged. He forced Abbott to go from 2 flags, to 4, to 8 and eventually to 12 (or was it 16?).

    Despite the best efforts of the scribblers, sitting at their laptops, going through old memes trying to find something to pin on Shorten, and at the same time writing up Abbott as brilliant, a statesman (!), the “de facto Prime Minister of Australia” (when he was just an Opposition Leader), plus facing a 40 seat majority, Bill Shorten stayed the course and contributed rather a lot to the end of Abbott, an end that came in record time.

    For that alone, Bill Shorten should be thanked. Without him as LOTO, fighting from a position of almost no leverage or strength of Parliamentary numbers, using just his brain and his patience, we ridded ourselves of the most destructive and vicious Prime Minister in history, now relegated to baying at the moon from the sidelines. At the same time Labor stayed together, won most of the polls, and got its confidence back.

    Not a bad effort, I’d say, for someone who’s supposed to be a car crash leader.

    http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollbludger/2015/11/19/bludgertrack-54-4-45-6-to-coalition-2/#comment-2294328

  24. Tom R permalink
    November 19, 2015 11:48 am

    turc continues to generate the headlines it was designed for

    The construction union’s Queensland headquarters have been raided this morning after the taskforce attached to the trade union royal commission executed warrants to search the CFMEU’s Brisbane office.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/industrial-relations/cfmeu-queensland-headquarters-in-brisbane-raided/story-fn59noo3-1227615017983?sv=c960d645718662d854a1f4eab1ca677f

    Let’s ignore the fact that, from the transcripts, most of the documents had already been shredded BEFORE the Union got the subpoena (via email no less)

    And that any said documents either didn’t relate, or were kept on hard copy anyway.

    Yet the witch hunt plods on.

  25. Splatterbottom permalink
    November 19, 2015 11:54 am

    Isn’t Bushfire Bill the dumb cunt who said Thommo got of on the hooker charges?

  26. Walrus permalink
    November 19, 2015 11:59 am

    ” Isn’t Bushfire Bill the dumb cunt who said Thommo got of on the hooker charges?”

    “Dumb cunt”..?…………………So TomR is Bushfire Bill ?

  27. Tom R permalink
    November 19, 2015 12:01 pm

  28. November 19, 2015 12:20 pm

    “”Not a bad effort, I’d say, for someone who’s supposed to be a car crash leader.””

    Really…..??

    All Bill had to do is keep quiet while Abbott went about digging his own grave…

    Who knew that ‘doing nothing’ amounts to “not a bad effort” in the eyes of some.

    Besides, no amount of attempting to wax lyrical about Bill’s “efforts” can detract from the harsh reality of the polls.

  29. Walrus permalink
    November 19, 2015 1:09 pm

    TomR reminds me of this continually…………….

  30. Tom R permalink
    November 19, 2015 1:23 pm

    All Bill had to do is keep quiet while Abbott went about digging his own grave…

    Yes, he kept so quiet, didn’t he reb?
    Even when on the back of a pickup at Holdens decrying the libs destruction of our automotive Industry (remember the media throng calling him racist for that).

    Or re-affirming Labors intention to bring in a Carbon Price/Tax against the tide of opposition. (you know, ‘teh’ Zombie)

    Or standing up for Unions and slamming turc even as it asked 400 pointless questions of him. (He was Guilty of that then according to press, that was until he proven not yet able to pin something on him “to date”)

    Yea, that “quiet” reb 😯

    the harsh reality of the polls.

    IF … you had read the post, you might reconsider that statement.

    turc IS the Black Knight. I like the imagery of ‘teh’ Unions as King Arthur though 🙂

  31. TB Queensland permalink
    November 19, 2015 1:25 pm

    TomR reminds me of this continually…………….

    You mean the one in white …

    The one in black is armless … reminds me of a particular blubbery commenter here? 😉

  32. Walrus permalink
    November 19, 2015 1:33 pm

    “Or standing up for Unions and slamming turc even as it asked 400 pointless questions of him. ”

    And explaining how he threw all those mushroom workers under a bus.

    Yeah…………..terrific bloke to have on your side

  33. Tom R permalink
    November 19, 2015 1:36 pm

    And explaining how he threw all those mushroom workers under a bus.

    You mean protected them from the bus. It’s in the transcripts.

    Of course, perhaps those workers would have preferred unemployment? With the added bonus of a buggered back.

    But, you highlight precisely the kind of ignorant rhetoric turc was set up to create.

  34. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 19, 2015 1:40 pm

    you highlight precisely the kind of ignorant rhetoric turc was set up to create

    Yeah! Those of us who were active members of the ALP (for many years), union officials (for many years) wouldn’t know the first thing about unsavoury union behaviour and their insidious political influence.

  35. Tom R permalink
    November 19, 2015 1:48 pm

    wouldn’t know the first thing about unsavoury union behaviour

    Well, I know for a fact you have no idea how thick a standard Award is yomm 😉

  36. Tom R permalink
    November 19, 2015 1:59 pm

    Poor old malcayman, his first twip overseas, and Obama is ‘chiding’ him for being a dopey hack.

    ‘Let us know next time’: How Obama chided Turnbull over Darwin port sale

    Read more: http://www.afr.com/news/politics/let-us-know-next-time-how-obama-chided-turnbull-over-darwin-port-sale-20151118-gl1qkg#ixzz3ru0wXc66

  37. Tom R permalink
    November 19, 2015 2:14 pm

    This has kind of “slipped” 🙂 under the radar

    Malcolm Turnbull has expressed confidence in Mal Brough “at this stage”, after the Liberal minister’s home was searched by Australian Federal Police alleging he committed a criminal offence.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/turnbull-has-confidence-in-brough-at-this-stage/story-fn59niix-1227615240730

  38. Neil of Sydney permalink
    November 19, 2015 2:25 pm

    ‘Let us know next time’: How Obama chided Turnbull over Darwin port sale

    This is getting to be a joke. Do we have anything left to sell?

  39. Tom R permalink
    November 19, 2015 3:10 pm

  40. Tom R permalink
    November 19, 2015 3:28 pm

    ROFL

    Oil giant Chevron has hundreds of companies in Bermuda because of its reputation for “maritime safety”.

    Airbnb has a head office in Ireland because of the “skilled workforce” available there.

    And Uber directs Australian revenue to an office in the Netherlands because Dutch workers, it says, are so talented.

    http://www.crikey.com.au/?p=525200

  41. Neil of Sydney permalink
    November 19, 2015 3:36 pm

    And Uber directs Australian revenue to an office in the Netherlands because Dutch workers, it says, are so talented.

    I suspect this is just another leftie lie to confuse people. It is most probably true that multi-nationals do things to avoid tax. But i suspect the govts and people getting ripped off are the people where those multi-nationals are based,

    That means anywhere else but Australia. This is just another leftie thing to confuse people.

  42. Tom R permalink
    November 19, 2015 5:36 pm

    I suspect this is just another leftie lie to confuse people.

    It was said in a Senate Estimates committee (or some such), by Uber

  43. armchair opinionator permalink
    November 19, 2015 5:43 pm

    “…That means anywhere else but Australia. This is just another leftie thing to confuse people…”

    No only RWNJ’S get confused. That is their permanent state of being though, it must be hard floundering through life as a RWNJ.
    No light in the dim, dark recesses of their mind. Always searching but never finding one single, normal thought to offer people.

  44. Neil of Sydney permalink
    November 19, 2015 6:04 pm

    No. lefties are the masters of deceit. Also they are envious of people working hard and making a profit.

    I am however willing to admit i am wrong. But Uber? How big is it in Australia? The current taxi industry would dwarf Uber.

    Just lefties once again seeming to be doing something when they are actually doing nothing.

  45. November 19, 2015 9:15 pm

    bushfire,,,,,,,,,Bill Shorten stayed the course and contributed rather a lot(#chuckle) to the end of Abbott, an end that came in record time.,,,,,

    #l wonder if bushfire is a team cheerer too,

    bushfire,,,,,,,,,For that alone, Bill Shorten should be thanked.(#giggle) Without him as LOTO, fighting from a position of almost no leverage or strength of Parliamentary numbers,,,,,,,

    #nope, bushfire is totally independent,

    bushfire,,,using just his brain and his patience,,,(#GUFFAW)

    #yep, it was all blib, it wasn`t like the zombie-herd panicked over the polling or anything, and blib won`t be driving the team back to the wilderness, once can stop spilling his coffee either

  46. November 19, 2015 9:32 pm

    reb,,,,,,,All Bill had to do is keep quiet while Abbott went about digging his own grave,,,,,,,,,,

    #it must have become an `outstanding` effort by blib when he avoided the back-hoe rabbit brought in to dig with

  47. armchair opinionator permalink
    November 19, 2015 11:55 pm

  48. Tom R permalink
    November 20, 2015 9:07 am

    For anyone wondering why The Sun (Murdoch) is so keen for us to go to war in Syria

    Interesting, he (murdor) was also very keen to go to Iraq. How did that go again? Oh yea, ISIS!

  49. November 20, 2015 4:31 pm

    l just spent the day in the `wilderness` enjoying the great outdoors,

    as l was leaving, l came across blib, he was setting-up his base-camp

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