Why Shorten needs Labor to 'lose well'

Labor powerbroker Bill Shorten is stuck between a rock and a hard place where, despite temptations, he is best served to stay the course until September 14.

One cannot fault Julia Gillard for a lack of optimism. The prime minister continues to put the hard sell on the states to sign up to the Gonski school funding reforms, even though in her heart of hearts she knows it’s not impressing voters as it should, and that it will all be torn up if an Abbott Coalition government is formed in September.

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