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Either Bill Shorten is right or the Tele and Courier-Mail are right.

They can’t both be right.

This was Bill Shorten on QandA on Monday, 6 may, selling his mum’s story:

The irony is that News Corp is highlighting his mum’s achievements:

In 1985, Ann Shorten graduated LL B from Monash with first class honours, winning the Supreme Court Prize and the Flos Greig Memorial Prize – the year that her twin sons Robert and William (now leader of the Federal Opposition) began Economics/Law and Arts/Law respectively.

She took the Leo Cussen Practical Training Course and came to the Bar in the September 1989 Readers Course, reading with the late Michael Kiernan. She practised at the Bar for six years

In 1991, she was the founder of the Australian & New Zealand Education Law Association. With Professor Ian Ramsay, she co-authored the leading Butterworths text Education & the Law (1996). She was a driving force in the Association.

In 2009, ANZELA established the annual Ann Shorten Doctoral Award for the best thesis in education law research. In 2012, she was honoured as the first Life Member of the Association.

And from a 2015 Herald Sun piece by Andrew Rule, who met Ann Shorten six years earlier:

At 74, Ann Shorten lived alone with a friendly corgi called Barney and several thousand books in a comfortably cluttered house in Chadstone. The luminous intellect that led a teacher to become an historian and then a barrister in late middle age shone through everything she said.

Bill Shorten is selling them short.

The vultures start circling

Already the enemies of a free press are playing this for all they’re worth:

So does Alex Turnbull believe the evidence about Bill Shorten’s mum or the sob story? Sill question. Evidence means nothing to turnbull:

Divident imputation

This is a great explanation of dividend imputation:

As election day approaches, dividend imputation is back in the news and the hot takes are running hot. Commentators are branding the system we’ve got a “tax dodge”, a “handout” and a “loophole”, and praising Labor’s proposal as economically sound.

But they’re wrong.

Australia, almost uniquely in the world, has for decades taxed profits in a special way. These profits are, in one way or another, owed to shareholders. In a normal tax system, profits are first taxed at the company level when they’re earned and then taxed at the personal level when they’re paid as dividends.

Dividend imputation eliminates the first stage.

For shares owned by Australians, the idea is to extinguish all taxes the company owes. To that end, Australian shareholders get a refund of the taxes paid by the company, known as “franking credits”. Labor says it has no beef with this idea. It set up Australia’s dividend imputation system in 1987.

The Greens have no morals at all

What is it with the Greens.

Northern Territory Green George Hanna has avoided becoming the sixth federal election candidate dumped over offensive social media posts.

Mr Hanna shared a meme on Facebook in January showing Aboriginal Warlpiri/Celtic Country Liberal Jacinta Price drinking from a coconut with the caption, “It’s not every day you see a coconut drinking from a coconut.”

The term is considered a racial slur used to accuse dark-skinned people of acting white.

The post was shared by Mr Hanna – who is also indigenous – before he nominated to run for the seat of Lingiari and he has apologised.