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AustraliaPenny Wong refuses to shake Simon Birmingham's hand as federal election gets emotional

14:51  08 may  2019
14:51  08 may  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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© AAP Images Simon Birmingham and Penny Wong during the election debate at the South Senator Wong was clearly calling foul as she left the stage refusing to shake Senator Birmingham ' s hand . Senator Birmingham , the federal Trade Minister, said the comments showed Labor lacked.

The Labor frontbencher clashes with Simon Birmingham about Paul Keating' s China comments on a day when Bill Shorten tries to hold back tears over a newspaper report on his mother.

Penny Wong refuses to shake Simon Birmingham's hand as federal election gets emotional© AAP Images Simon Birmingham and Penny Wong during the election debate at the South Australian Press Club, Adelaide, Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Friends became foes, enemies became allies and tears were shed as the federal election campaign took an emotional turn on Wednesday.

The day started with bipartisan condemnation of a Daily Telegraph article taking aim at the career of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's mother.

As Mr Shorten and the Prime Minister aligned, parliamentary buddies Penny Wong and Simon Birmingham got caught in a heated clash over China.

As they say, all is fair in love and war.

Senator Wong was clearly calling foul as she left the stage refusing to shake Senator Birmingham's hand.

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The Labor frontbencher clashes with Simon Birmingham about Paul Keating' s China comments on a day when Bill Shorten tries to hold back tears over a newspaper report on his mother.

© AAP Images Simon Birmingham and Penny Wong during the election debate at the South Australian Press Club, Adelaide, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Senator Wong was clearly calling foul as she left the stage refusing to shake Senator Birmingham ' s hand . Shorten holds back tears.

Shorten holds back tears

Mr Shorten was quick out of the gates with his condemnation of The Daily Telegraph.

He took to Twitter late last night to accuse the paper of a "new low" as the News Corp publication accused him of omitting information about his mother.

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Labor Senator Penny Wong refuses to shake Simon Birmingham ' s hand after uses Paul Keating's comments on China to attack Labor's foreign policy. Source: ABC

hand as federal election gets emotional Senator Wong was clearly calling foul as she left the stage refusing to shake Senator Birmingham ' s The Labor frontbencher clashes with Simon Birmingham about Paul Keating's China comments on a day when Bill Shorten tries to hold back tears over a

As dawn broke, he found himself with plenty of supporters as people awoke to the headline "Mother of Invention".

The paper alleged Mr Shorten had left out his mother's legal career when talking about her working-class roots on Q&A on Monday.

The Prime Minister called it an "upsetting story". News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt distanced himself from the article, saying "there is no invention here".

"I miss her every day," Mr Shorten said when he fronted the media.

"I'm glad she wasn't here today to read that rubbish."

The Opposition Leader repeatedly fought back tears as he spoke about his mother and slammed News Corp for "gotta s---" tactics.

"What I did on Monday night is I explained who I am. I explained what drives me," he said.

"My mum is the smartest woman I have ever known."

Penny Wong refuses to shake Simon Birmingham's hand as federal election gets emotional© AAP Images Penny Wong

Penny Wong refuses to shake Liberal's hand

Labor's Senator Wong and the Liberals' Senator Birmingham have often talked about the respect they hold for each other despite sitting on opposite sides of the Senate chamber.

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Labor Senator Penny Wong refuses to shake Simon Birmingham ' s hand after uses Paul Keating's comments on China to attack Labor's foreign policy.

The Labor frontbencher clashes with Simon Birmingham about Paul Keating' s China comments on a day when Bill Shorten tries to hold back tears over a newspaper report on his mother.

That had been on show as the two took part in a South Australian election debate.

That was until the final question.

The debate turned its attention to former prime minister Paul Keating's "nutters" comment from earlier this week, when he slammed the security agencies for their approach to China.

Senator Birmingham, the federal Trade Minister, said the comments showed Labor lacked consistency on the issue.

It clearly agitated Senator Wong, who would be the foreign minister if Labor wins the election.

She heckled as Senator Birmingham spoke and ultimately refused to shake his hand at the debate's end.

She did, however, shake hands with Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi.

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Simon John Birmingham (born 14 June 1974), an Australian politician, is a member of the Australian Senate representing South Australia as a member of the Liberal Party since 2007. Birmingham served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment from 18 September 2013 then

The Labor frontbencher clashes with Simon Birmingham about Paul Keating' s China comments on a day when Bill Shorten tries to hold back tears over a newspaper report on his www.abc.net.au. news/2019-05-08/ federal - election -day-27-shorten-tears-daily-tele-lawyer-mother/11092244.

A Liberal candidate, meanwhile, who linked same-sex marriage and paedophilia lives to fight another day.

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The Victorian lawyer also said there would be "very serious" implications for children raised in same-sex households.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, when pressed about the comments, distanced himself from them.

But he confirmed Mr Singh's candidacy was secure.

In just over a week, the Liberals have lost three candidates and Labor two candidates to social media posts.

They all remain listed as the party's candidates, having lost their endorsement after voting began.

There's 10 days to go.

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