More proof of early poll, Shorten says

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Op­po­si­tion Leader Bill Shorten be­lieves neg­a­tive smear and fear dur­ing the Lib­eral Party meet­ing is fur­ther proof there’s an elec­tion com­ing.

Mr Shorten said the Lib­er­als’ “love-in” in Mel­bourne on Satur­day turned out no pos­i­tive poli­cies or new ideas and proved the party was stuck in the past.

“Tony Ab­bott, Joe Hockey and the Lib­er­als are hold­ing our coun­try back at a time when we need to move for­ward,” he said yesterday.

“And just more neg­a­tive smear, fear and di­vi­sion from the Lib­er­als.

“That’s how we know there is an elec­tion com­ing.”

The Gov­ern­ment main­tains the next elec­tion will be held when it is due, about Septem­ber next year, de­spite spec­u­la­tion of an early poll be­ing called be­fore the Par­lia­ment re­turns from its six-week win­ter break. AAP

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Julie Bishop said author­i­ties were at­tempt­ing to con­firm re­ports Khaled Shar­rouf was dead.

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Leader of the Op­po­si­tion Bill Shorten.

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