Shorten's premiership odds lengthen

Aussie opposition leader hit by embarrassing tax backdown, gaffe

Mr Bill Shorten, once strongly tipped to be Australia's next prime minister, may find himself ditched by his Labor Party ahead of the election.
Mr Bill Shorten, once strongly tipped to be Australia's next prime minister, may find himself ditched by his Labor Party ahead of the election.

As Australia heads towards an election within the coming year, it has seemed inevitable that the next premier will be leader of the opposition Labor Party Bill Shorten.

At the last election in 2016, Mr Shorten, a former union boss, campaigned strongly and almost snatched an upset victory against Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Since then, the 51-year-old has steered Labor to a record 35 consecutive leads in the Newspoll opinion survey against the ruling coalition.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2018, with the headline 'Shorten's premiership odds lengthen'. Subscribe