Unions leave Shorten on a sticky picket

To cement himself as an alternative prime minister, Bill Shorten must draw a boundary line between himself and his union links, defining an economic vision for Labor before it's too late.

Bill Shorten’s blaming of the Abbott government for the death of the car industry and condemning the royal commission into union corruption were entirely predictable positions.

But they also highlight the major challenges ahead of the opposition leader as he positions himself on key economic issues and attempts to loosen the constraints imposed by his union past.

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