PETER VAN ONSELEN: How Labor is transport Invoice Shorten off to essentially the most unlikely of locations to flee scrutiny for one of many greatest rorts in Australia’s historical past

When the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky personally calls our Prime Minister requesting both he or the deputy PM attend a peace summit on Ukraine what do you do for those who’re Anthony Albanese?

Go your self? No, in fact not.

Ship the Deputy PM Richard Marles as an alternative? The Ukrainians stated they might be proud of that, and Marles is the Defence Minister in any case. No. 

Ship the Overseas Minister Penny Wong? She is in command of Australia’s international affairs. No. 

Okay it appears a little bit of a snub to the Ukrainians, but when not one of the above are keen or in a position, I suppose you would need to ship of their place the assistant defence minister or the assistant international minister, proper? Fallacious. 

The Australian consultant on the Ukrainian peace summit to be held in the course of this month in Switzerland can be… the minister for the Nationwide Incapacity Insurance coverage Scheme, Invoice Shorten. 

Snubbed: the Ukrainian President (pictured) requested our PM or deputy PM attend his peace summit. They stated no

Bill Shorten (pictured) is off to Switzerland to attend the peace summit on Ukraine

Invoice Shorten (pictured) is off to Switzerland to attend the peace summit on Ukraine

Maybe he is found some vital ‘learnings’ (not an actual phrase I do know, but it surely’s the lingo in Canberra) about incapacity companies he needs to move on to the Ukrainians within the wake of their persevering with battle for nationhood, as Russia’s invasion persists. 

Or maybe Shorten needs to clarify to them why Australia’s jobs and abilities boffins have decided that nobody from overseas can migrate right here with job coaching within the space of incapacity assist. 

As Each day Mail Australia revealed earlier at present, incapacity assist officers are on the expert migration rejection record, though yoga instructors, canine handlers and kung fu specialists are all acceptable.

In fact none of those causes are why Albo and Penny Wong (it is actually simply Wong, Albo would not take a lot curiosity in international affairs) have determined to ship Shorten on this diplomatic peace journey. 

They’ve finished so as a result of, as Wong says, Shorten is a former Labor chief (in opposition) and he is by no means held any type of international affairs portfolio and nor does he even sit on the nationwide safety committee of cupboard. 

Okay, she did not make these final two factors, I did, however they occur to even be true.  

Wong did, nevertheless, additionally say that Shorten ‘has been a really sturdy voice in assist of the folks of Ukraine’. 

Oh I did not realise that, maybe as a result of I have not learn a single factor he is written on the topic. Perhaps they simply reveals how poorly learn I’m. 

However now that I do know that, maybe I can go too? I’ve had a number of ideas concerning the tragic scenario over there. 

Or perhaps as a result of I do know little concerning the delicate issues of diplomacy and battle with Russia, and since I’m not a part of the federal government’s safety and international affairs staff, I am not the suitable particular person to go. 

That might be true of me, simply as it’s of Shorten. But off he flies…

Nobody ought to blame Shorten for this dumb choice – he is merely the beneficiary of it. Who would not wish to take a free journey to Europe? 

Name me cynical, however transport Shorten overseas proper when his NDIS portfolio is up in lights for all of the improper causes could not have one thing to do with the choice might it? If it does they need to ship the immigration minister Andrew Giles as effectively.

Absolutely not.

Despite requesting their attendance, neither the Prime Minister (pictured) nor the deputy PM Richard Marles (pictured) were prepared to attend the peace summit

Regardless of requesting their attendance, neither the Prime Minister (pictured) nor the deputy PM Richard Marles (pictured) have been ready to attend the peace summit

I am speaking about revelations billions of {dollars} of taxpayers cash has been wasted on NDIS rorts. NDIS cash has been spent on all the pieces from intercourse staff to cocaine, though I am undecided if that was on the identical time. The stories I’ve learn have not clarified that chance. 

Additionally, it has been revealed {that a} former Kevin Rudd speech author now sits within the division of the NDIS getting paid $620,000 on a two yr contract. 

At the very least Shorten will give an excellent speech when he is in Switzerland. 

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