The rumour mill has spread all over the net in the last few days that federal MP Bill Shorten has gotten one of his staff members pregnant. Bill Shorten says he has taken legal advice. Bill who is currently married to Chloe Bryce (daughter of the Governor General Quentin Bryce) is Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation and has been touted as a future PM.
Piers Akerman, in a story on Friday, while not naming Shorten says the rumour has been around since at least last September. There is no stopping the rumour now. It is on twitter, Facebook and seems to have been started by email which I know of numerous people who have received the email or some variant of it. It was also raised by a couple of people in the comment section on one of the posts on this site last Wednesday.
Bill Shorten in todays Herald Sun newspaper denies the rumour but fails to detail what the rumour is. He implies that it has been going around for a few weeks. (Click here to read the full story on another News Ltd site as Herald Sun article is now behind a Paywall. If you are a HS subscriber Click here to read the full story)
One of the emails doing the rounds says:
Labor is trying to keep this one under wraps.
Here’s the apparent reason why Bill Shorten appeared a little uncomfortable during public appearances recently:
His wife and child have moved in with Mum – the G.G. Quentin Bryce – at Yarralumla.
The reason: Bill’s got his mistress (his P.A.) pregnant.
It’s going to be interesting to see how this unfolds for the government in coming weeks.
Apparently it’s not the first time he’s been in this sort of predicament.
There are a number of issues.
1. As a possible future Prime Minister, Bill Shorten has no option to address the rumour in full now that it has gone viral. Why has he not done so? Why has he sat back and let the rumour spread all over the net if it is false?
2. In Piers Akerman’s story he says “I asked him about the rumour and it was immediately clear that it distressed him as he pulled his chair closer and told me of the distress it had caused his wife.” (Click here to read the full article) This made me sick when I read that. Bill Shorten and crew are happy to cause others great distress with deliberate and defamatory lies but expect sympathy when it is them. Julian Assange and his mother for example. I previously did a posting on the this very issue last year titled “ Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s criminal history and her hypocrisy with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.” (Click here to read the post)
3. Piers Akerman says the rumour has been around since at least last September but Bill Shorten implies it has only been the last few weeks. Why the discrepancy?
It is interesting that the former US presidential candidate John Edwards is currently facing criminal charges in the US for using campaign funds trying to cover-up the fact that he had fathered a child with his mistress. (Click here to read)
It is well-known in Canberra that the press gallery leave these sorts of things alone. A lot a of the media knew that the former minister Gareth Evans was having an affair with another minister Cheryl Kernot for many years but did not report it. Gareth Evans even lied in parliament about having the affair. It was not until Laurie Oakes decided to break the story years later did it become public. (Click here to read the full story)
The reality is Bill Shorten is a grub from start to finish. As minister for employment and workplace relations he has been up to his neck in corrupting Fair Work Australia. I have done a previous post on this titled “Bill Shorten appoints two stooges to review the Fair Work Act.” (Click here to read the post).
Politicians can no longer control the media as they once did but they are still trying. The reason being is that the media is controlled almost as much by the public as it is by the big media companies now days. All the people on twitter, Facebook and bloggers etc.
Until Bill Shorten addresses the issue in full it will keep on growing and he knows that. So why is he allowing it to continue to grow. One vague interview giving a denial does not suffice.
Update: Someone has just written the following in the comment section below:
“The actual rumor includes the termination of the pregnancy so those expecting a baby will be waiting a long time. The staffer is keeping it quiet for her own reasons – political and personal. Shorten is a narcissist of the highest order. He and the staffer have vehemently denied it to Chloe. He is guilty as sin. Really what can Chloe expect from this very ordinary man. On a personal note, I struggle with knowing the pressure shorten would have applied to this girl (23yrs old).”
Even more reason for Bill Shorten to give a full response.
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