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Published on Apr 29, 2012
Bill Shorten: Member for Maribyrnong since 3 December 2007 Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation since 14 September 2010 Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations since 14 December 2011 Parliamentary lapdog since...
Speers: "Do you think (Peter Slipper) should return to the Speaker's chair while the civil claims are still being played out?" Shorten: "I understand the Prime Minister's addressed this in a press conference in Turkey in the last few hours. I haven't seen what she said, but let me say I support what it is that she's said." Speers: (Short pause to facilitate oxygen intake.) "Hang on, you haven't seen what she said . . ." Shorten: "But I support what my Prime Minister's said." Speers: "Well, what's your view?" Shorten: "My view is what the Prime Minister's view is." Speers: "Surely you must have your own view on this, Bill Shorten?" Shorten: "No, when you ask if I've got my view on this, that's such a general question it invites me to go to lots of places." Speers: "Well, the specific question is whether Peter Slipper should return as Speaker of your parliament while he's facing civil claims of sexual harassment." Shorten: "Sexual harassment is an incredibly serious matter. Ah, there should be no tolerance of sexual harassment, that's my view. On the other hand, these matters are yet to be established, and I support what our Prime Minister has said." Speers: "But you don't know what that is." Shorten: "I'm sure she's right."
WTF - Who's running the country and what are we paying them for again?