Bill Shorten’s week of gaffes. He may have pulled the ultimate power move on the Heath Services Union yesterday, but this week The Power Index is finding it a little difficult to take Bill Shorten seriously.

When the self-described “Gillard man” makes statements like: “I haven’t seen what she said, but let me say I support what it is that she’s said,” as he did yesterday on Sky News, we wonder whether Shorten really deserves his spot at the top of the Political Fixers power list.

When questioned how he can support the PM if he doesn’t know just what she’s said, Shorten responded with: “My view is what the Prime Minister’s view is.”

The comments come in a week when Shorten took aim at the Opposition Leader for mixing up his dates and thinking the RBA board was due to decide on interest rates this week instead of next — and in a week when Shorten himself couldn’t recall just which Tuesday of the month the RBA actually meets on.

“When you want to be the alternative prime minister of Australia, interest rates is just such an important issue and the Reserve Bank board has been meeting on the second Tuesday of the month since 1960, according to RBA archives,” Shorten told ABC radio.

Bet he’s happy it’s Friday.

Barry O’Farrell gets his voice on. We’re not sure the judiciary was the best target for Barry O’Farrell to start letting rip.

But that’s exactly what the NSW premier did yesterday, upon hitting out at a magistrate for granting bail to a man accused of torching a police car in Newtown, Sydney.

The decision to grant bail to the bikie was a “kick in the guts to the community” O’Farrell told reporters, adding that he was “appalled and angry” and that the judiciary needed to stop “living in a parallel universe”.

Twiggy’s share price a “value trap”. Here’s some publicity Andrew Forrest would prefer not to have received.

His Fortescue Metals became the talk of a New York conference earlier this month, when prominent hedge fund manager Jim Chanos accused the business of having a “somewhat promotional management team”.

Chanos added that Fortescue was a “value trap” stock that looks set to dive “materially”.

The Chanos presentation, obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald, warned that Fortescue was running “a highly leveraged bet on continued fixed-asset investment growth in China”.