SHORTEN FINALLY STEPS UP

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has outlined a vision to reform workplace laws, reduce the cost of health premiums and set up a federal anti-corruption commission under a future Labor government.

In a speech to the National Press Club yesterday, Shorten conceded that 2017 was a "particularly bad year for Parliament" and that he would aim to restore faith in politics with the federal-style ICAC and a focus on low-income-earner issues such as minimum wage, an enterprise bargaining system on "life support", penalty rates, and the gender pay gap.