Bill Shorten was questioned in the court of public opinion yesterday about Bob Kernohan's statements that he was urged to cover up union corruption and offered a seat in Parliament to stay quiet.
Here's a part of the interview on 2GB with Ben Fordham - which includes Bob's original remarks - and Mr Shorten's response...
"I'm saying those claims are untrue" ... in fact he said that 8 times, just in case you missed it.
There's a huge legal difference between a talk show's airwaves and being under oath in a Royal Commission - but people have their own way of figuring out things and who and what they believe.
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The sentiment in this is so perfect, we're struggling to add to it:
BILL SHORTEN says Australians deserve to know that their Prime Minister has no link to scandal.
"Come clean", Mr Shorten demands.
Mr Shorten said "shocking revelations" at the corruption watchdog needed to be cleared up.
"We see a toxic political culture and it is important that our prime minister spells out what he knew and when he knew of these matters so that he can clear the air," Mr Shorten told reporters on Monday.
"We have asked the prime minister what did he know and when did he know about matters to do with Australian Water Holdings."
Can anyone think of circumstances where similar demands from Bill Shorten might apply?
A judge in Michigan in the US has upset the libertarians for some fairly plain speaking while sentencing a woman to life who stabbed her boyfriend to death.
Judge John McBain said he had never seen a defendant who was so rude and showed as little remorse as Camia Gamet.
Even when he was sentencing the woman, she continued to abuse people in the court.
At one stage, he threatened to tape her mouth shut.
The judge has been criticised in the media for over-reacting but he's brushed off criticism.
"There are people who like judges who are hushed and quiet and distribute soft admonishments but sometimes, I think a judge needs a little fire in the right kind of cases”.
By Jason Morrison
When it comes to food imports from China, Australia runs a "risk management" process.
Naively, we have trusted their data and testing regimes to make sure harmful chemicals and contaminants don't make it inside the can.
There are random tests conducted by Australian authorities but they are few and far between.
I remember Barnaby Joyce, when in Opposition, telling me on radio "it's basically buyer beware".
Time to be very aware:
Farmers in Australia have been screaming about this for the last decade.
They're subject to comprehensive regulation with heavy compliance costs while Chinese farmers are not. Yet, our Government allows "Made in China" food to sell here, significantly under cutting local produce.
We have had plenty of warnings about Chinese farming.
Will our Government act this time to protect the community - and realise and protect the enormous potential of Australian farming?
By Jason Morrison
A teenage P-Plate driver was picked up yesterday doing 182km/h on Sydney's M4 Western Freeway - putting him 92km/h over the limit on one of the busiest stretches in NSW.
A senior highway patrol officer spotted him flying through the traffic yesterday afternoon and gave chase.
It took the Superintendent several minutes to catch up to the imbecile.
In NSW, first year provisional drivers are limited to 90 - and the speed limit for the stretch is 100.
So, 92 over would have to be worth more than a ticket wouldn't you think? Arrest? Cuffing? A trip in the paddy wagon?
Here's where commonsense, police experience, and the notoriously soft Courts collide.
The idiot was fined by the officer $2197 on the spot and had his licence immediately cancelled for 6 months.
Police know that’s not enough, but here’s the problem: If the officer had arrested him, taken him back to the station and hit him with a higher charge - when he faced court, he might well have end up with a far softer punishment.
Police tell me, in 2013, courts typically handed out fines less than $1400 for such convictions and rarely ever issued greater suspensions.
So once again, police have to work around out of touch magistrates and the community is less safe.