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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