The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - JONATHON MO­RAN

AF­TER the pres­sures of po­lit­i­cal plot­ting, life in the Bach­e­lor man­sion was a breeze for Bill Shorten’s glam­orous former lieu­tenant Alisha Aitken-Rad­burn.

And she said Can­berra was the ideal Bach­e­lor boot camp.

“I think they have a lit­tle more in com­mon than peo­ple think,” the 25-year-old told The Daily Tele­graph. “Work­ing in the halls of Par­lia­ment House was good prepa­ra­tion for some of the drama that goes on in the Bachie man­sion.”

Aitken-Rad­burn — who also worked at Sky News be­fore join­ing the La­bor leader’s of­fice — is one of 25 women vy­ing for the af­fec­tions of re­tired rugby in­ter­na­tional Nick “Honey Bad­ger” Cum­mins when The Bach­e­lor Aus­tralia be­gins on Wed­nes­day.

“I felt like I needed a bit of a cir­cuit breaker as I had had a bit of a tu­mul­tuous time with an exboyfriend (Young Lib­eral Dean Shachar) and I just needed some­thing new,” the Syd­ney Univer­sity grad­u­ate and former USU pres­i­dent said.

Aitken-Rad­burn is used to con­tro­versy, crit­i­cised for her de­fence of a friend un­fairly tar­geted in a con­trived “black­face” scan­dal while at univer­sity.

“I was prob­a­bly a lit­tle too pas­sion­ate and used some very colour­ful lan­guage,” she said.

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