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Tue, 13 Oct, 2020

"Everyone in Australia wanted to say it" but Bill Shorten actually did

"Everyone in Australia wanted to say it" but Bill Shorten actually did

Former Labor leader Bill Shorten amused Today host Karl Stefanovic when he decided to say exactly what everyone has been thinking after Gladys Berejiklian’s relationship with an allegedly corrupt MP was exposed.

“She’s a smart lady who I think has been punching below her weight with perhaps a much more average guy. I have sympathy for Gladys at the human level,” Shorten said of the NSW Premier.

Stefanovic laughed in response and said: “Bill, you have summed it up perfectly. Everyone in Australia wanted to say it.”

The NSW Premier’s personal life was thrown into the spotlight on Monday after she gave evidence to the Independent Commission Against Corruption, revealing she was in a relationship with Daryl Maguire for five years.

Despite an increasing amount of pressure from the Opposition for her to resign, Berejiklian said despite the mistakes she made in her personal life, it will not stop her to serve her state.

Shorten said he wanted to take his “Labor hat (off) for a moment”.

“I was surprised, but I don’t know … It’s all pretty human isn’t it?” he said.

“I don’t hold that against Gladys. She’s a very dignified person.

“I think she would have been embarrassed by listening to the phone tapes of her conversation.”

Shorten believes Berejiklian deserves a break and “to at least try and get through this and not have her personal life thrust in front of the world”.

“Given what she’s done and how she’s helped,” he said.

The NSW Opposition will call for a vote of no confidence on Tuesday, but Berejiklian is confident she has the support of her party.