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AustraliaBill Shorten accuses The Daily Telegraph of 'new low' for federal election story on his mother

03:40  08 may  2019
03:40  08 may  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Bill Shorten accuses The Daily Telegraph of 'new low' for federal election story on his mother © Provided by ABC News The Opposition Leader said his mother, Dr Ann Shorten, qualified as a lawyer in her 50s.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has launched a scathing attack on The Daily Telegraph for an article the newspaper has written about his mother.

The News Corporation publication accused the Labor leader of omitting parts of his mother's career while talking about the sacrifices she made to raise her children.

"In a new low, The Daily Telegraph has decided to use my mum's life as a political attack on me, and on her memory," Mr Shorten said on Twitter.

"They think they know more about my mum than I do."

While appearing on Q&A on Monday, Mr Shorten spoke of his mother, Dr Ann Shorten, as his inspiration.

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He said she had wanted to do law but had to take a teacher's scholarship so she could support him and his twin brother, Robert.

Bill Shorten accuses The Daily Telegraph of 'new low' for federal election story on his mother © Daily Telegraph The story has run on the front page of the newspaper.

The Opposition Leader said he wanted to ensure all young people could pursue the career they wanted, irrespective of their socioeconomic status.

"She loved being a teacher and she was very good at it. She later became a teacher of teachers," Mr Shorten said today.

"She worked at Monash University over three decades, but she always wanted to be in the law."

The newspaper accused Mr Shorten of having neglected to say that his mother did study law and gained first-class honours before going on to practise for six years.

The Daily Telegraph also described Mr Shorten as having benefited from studying at "Melbourne's elite Xavier College".

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Today, Mr Shorten said his mother studied law in her 50s and he was proud of what she achieved.

"When I was in my first year of law school, she was in her final year," he said.

"She was her brilliant self and won the Supreme Court prize.

"She finally realised her dream and qualified as a barrister in her late 50s."

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