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Bill Shorten’s strong ties to the union movement are problematic for his credibility as alternative prime minister. AAP/Lukas Coch

Bill Shorten needs to demonstrate independence from the unions

Bill Shorten can heave a sigh of relief at the statement from the royal commission into union corruption that he didn’t do anything illegal in the activities it examined in his Australian Workers' Union…
Bill Shorten has emerged from the royal commission with wounds that are not mortal for his leadership but serious enough to set it back. AAP/David Moir

Grattan on Friday: Abbott’s lucky to have a damaged Shorten

Bill Shorten's appearance at the royal commission has not only damaged him but diverted a good deal of attention from the signs of division and tension at senior levels of the Abbott government.
Labor leader Bill Shorten will appear before the royal commission into trade union governance and corruption. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Royal commission into union corruption will grill Shorten

Bill Shorten will give evidence at the royal commission into union corruption, which is probing the conduct of the Australian Workers Union, of which he is a former Victorian and national secretary.
Twitter users are using the #auspol hash to pursue allegations against Julia Gillard. Twitter

Sleaze, smear and social media: how citizen journalists drove the AWU story

Recent opposition attacks on Julia Gillard’s ethics have been underpinned by an unprecedented underground online campaign prosecuted on social media. The questions raised by Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop…
Julia Gillard has repeatedly answered questions about her role with the AWU, but it’s not enough for some journalists. AAP/Alan Porritt

AWU ‘scandal’ says more about the media’s ethics than the PM’s

Every time Prime Minister Julia Gillard repeats statements that she’s “done nothing wrong” in the AWU slush fund scandal story, it seems another journalist joins the fray. No one covering the story has…
Paul Howes (pictured) believes the Greens represent a threat to Labor’s electability. AAP

Labour pains cause ALP to see red over Greens

Governments and their partisans are usually reluctant to admit that they might be unpopular for a reason. Labor partisans have offered many explanations for the unpopularity of the Gillard government…

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