Shorten's three point plan to 'save politics'
BILL Shorten has outlined his three-point plan to restore the Australian public's faith in politics, saying people are sick of "schoolyard" bickering.
After the expenses scandal over summer and the rise of Donald Trump, the Opposition leader says restoring faith in politics will be one of his key priorities for 2017.
In a fiery year-launching speech to the National Press Club today, Mr Shorten said he would push to tighten the expense system for politicians. Labor would also aim to clamp down on foreign donations to political parties and launch a Senate inquiry into the creation of a National Integrity Commission.
"There is one certainty in 2017, people are disengaged from politics and distrustful of politicians," Mr Shorten said.
"Too many Australians think the political system is broken and more than a few don't trust us to fix it. We need to lift our game."
The Labor leader also outlined the difference between his leadership style and that of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Mr Shorten said he had spent his life fighting for working people, while his opposite number was a paid advocate who could speak well.
"I wonder, even now, if he still measures himself by the flowery elegance of his arguments," he said.
Jobs, Medicare, opportunities for young Australians, real action on climate change and overhauling the work visa system were other top priorities, Mr Shorten said.