Bill Shorten is very popular on the internet

After years on the sidelines, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is finally enjoying his time as the most popular kid in
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After years on the sidelines, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is finally enjoying his time as the most popular kid in the political playground – on Google at least.

Interest in Mr Shorten has spiked in the past few days with Google’s search results showing thousands of people have typed his name into the search bar to see what they can find out about the potential prime minister.

While it’s easy to find all of the usual info, like how old he is, where he grew up and who he’s married to, there are a few more interesting and unusual facts out there if you dig a little deeper.

Here’s a quick rundown of everything you might want to know about the man himself.

FULL NAME AND AGE

William Richard Shorten, 48.

GREW UP IN

Inner west Melbourne, now lives in Moonee Ponds in Melbourne.

FOOTBALL TEAM

He is an avid Collingwood supporter, much to the disgust of many.

PAST JOBS

A lawyer and unionist – skills which he says will come in handy as PM.

MARITAL STATUS

Mr Shorten is married to Chloe Shorten who is the daughter of Australia’s former Governor-General Quentin Bryce. They have three children together.

GREATEST MOMENT

Mr Shorten was thrust into the national spotlight during the days that followed the Beaconsfield mine collapse. He was National Secretary of the Australian Workers Union, which was the union representing the miners. Mr Shorten excelled as chief negotiator after the collapse and during the rescue ops.

DRINK OF CHOICE

Mr Shorten loves a glass or two of champagne, if this Hangover parody is anything to go by.

HIGHEST OFFICE HELD

Leader of the Labor Party

TELLING EXTRACT FROM FIRST SPEECH TO PARLIAMENT

Cementing his stance as a man of the people. “You see, when you are a union organiser – as people perhaps do not realise – you get the chance to see the full potential of individuals. On the boards of a woolshed, you know that shearers earn their pay. When you talk to steelworkers at the Port Kembla blast furnaces, to the underground miners at Mount Isa, to the oil workers in Bass Strait in winter or to those who staff the undertakers’ night vans as they deal with the grief and tragedy of a road trauma or worse, you know you are in the presence of greatness.”

SENSE OF HUMOUR

Pretty decent judging by this interview.

Are you a fan of Bill Shorten? Who will you vote for on election day?

  1. Don Lerwiis  

    Vote for someone who swears loyalty while stabbing in the back. He carries a knife in each hand and is just as likely to do the same to the Australia and it’s people. Never trust Shortarse Shorten.

    • Judy Robertson  

      Didn’t Mal stab Tony in the back???

  2. DON WALKER  

    I realise that Starts at 60 is not renown for their sense of humour but this article just goes to prove that everyone was wrong. you do have a humorous bone in your body, or more likely, so entrenched in your leftist/greenie views that you are willing to support this traitor to the elderly and working man. Pity you did not mention the fact that he colluded with big business to deprive the low paid workers of their hard earned wages and working conditions to appease big business as proven in the Royal Commission. The only people who will support this abject failure of a human being are those who don’t have the brains to think for themselves.

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