Shorten ‘hiding evidence’ on MPs; Julie Bishop

SOURCEThe Australian


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Acting Prime Minister Julie Bishop has accused Bill Shorten of “seeking to undermine the integrity of the parliament” by “hiding evidence” about Labor MPs who may be ineligible to sit in parliament.

Ms Bishop said the Opposition Leader had been “utterly devious” on the citizenship issue and “had to be dragged into accepting” the government’s plan to deal with it.

“For months Mr Shorten has been trying to protect his members of parliament who have serious questions about citizenship applying one rule to his members and another to everybody else,” Ms Bishop said in Redcliffe today.

“The Labor Party is not above the law. Mr Shorten has been seeking to undermine the integrity of the parliament by calling out Coalition members, yet hiding the evidence about his own members of parliament who have serious questions to answer about their citizenship.”

Ms Bishop said she does not “have any information to suggest” there are any other Coalition MPs that could be ineligible

She said today’s woeful Newspoll for the Coalition was “not surprising” given the citizenship chaos.