Does anyone think Bill Shorten can win? 59



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It seems that Malcolm Turnbull is not just ahead in the polls, he’s running a one horse race for the next election the way it is currently being saddled.  The media says that at the core of Australia, people just don’t think Bill Shorten can even contemplate winning the next election.  And we want to hear whether you agree?

Malcolm Turnbull has had the sort of week in politics that would normally give a party wobbly legs.  He’s all but abandoned his dream of increasing the GST, received two resignations in cabinet and had to fire another on his team.   Yet his polling numbers have been yet to skip a beat.

On the other side, Shorten is looking a lot like an Abbott at the end, writhing around looking for a lifeline to grab.  Everyone in his party is pledging support but no one is showing him how to turn things around or standing beside him “just in case”.  He’s had no significant policy wins in months, and has potentially lost the ability to campaign against Turnbull on a loud and scary anti-GST platform which would have been a big win for them.

And now it seems Turnbull is about to offer a tax package looks like it will be about scraping back a tax but for middle Australian voters and handing it to them as cash in their pockets – something that every government loves to be able to do before an election.

So we ask today what Labor is left with?  Do you think Shorten is alone on the edge here, having to create small scandals in the hope they eventually rock the boat for Turnbull? Do you think he can turn it around with charisma and the support of his party or should he stand back and let the popular Anthony Albanese take the helm before an election?

How do you think politics are going to play out here? 


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. I don’t think he can do the job properly,Albanese can match Malcolm Turnbull in the charisma stakes. At the moment i think people are glad Abbott is gone but this nice man is just as bad.

  2. think it may come down to who will look after the low income and pension people of Australia;instead of making things harder for them.

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  3. Labor in opposition while Bill is leader….should have changed to Albanese, when Turnbull rolled Abbott. that would have put both parties on equal footing

  4. I don’t feel that Bill Shorten can lead Labor to a victory. My choice would be Tony Albanese. However, I don’t think there will be a leadership change …… a pity really 🙁

  5. Why are people so against Bill Shorten, when I first noticed him was at Beaconsfield mine collapse in Tasmania where the two miner Brant Webb and Todd Russell were trapped. Bill Shorten was the union spokesperson and he was very compassionate and spoke very well, he really impressed me the he handled the situation down in Tassie and I thought at that time what a wonderful PM he would make

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