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Monday, 25 June 2018
Page: 6173

Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (15:13): I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER: Does the Leader of the Opposition claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr SHORTEN: Most certainly.

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the Opposition may proceed.

Mr SHORTEN: In question time today, the Prime Minister made allegations about my time as National Secretary of the Australian Workers' Union. I'm proud to be a workers rep, proud to have improved the pay and conditions of thousands of middle- and working-class Australians, proud to have protected workers from corporate collapses like the kind that the Prime Minister was dragged to a royal commission on, and proud to have fought for the rights of asbestos victims while government ministers fought for the perpetrators. I will always stand up for the workers, while my opponent will always stand up for the top end of town.

Mr Laming interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Bowman will withdraw.

Mr Laming: I withdraw.