Labor leader Bill Shorten has blasted a newspaper article which critiques a story he told about his late mother as a “new low”.
During ABC’s Q&A program on Monday, Mr Shorten spoke about how his mother wanted to become a lawyer but instead accepted a teaching scholarship in order to look after her younger siblings.
The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday attacked Mr Shorten over the story, saying he “omitted the fact” that she went on to become a barrister.
“In a new low, the Daily Telegraph has decided to use my mum’s life as a political attack on me, and on her memory,” Mr Shorten wrote in a statement on Twitter.
“They think they know more about my mum than I do.”
Mr Shorten explained his single mother worked as a teacher for three decades before studying law when he and his twin brother were at university.
“She finally realised her dream and qualified as a barrister in her late 50s,” he said.
“I can’t change what happened to my mum. But I can change things for other people. And that’s why I’m in politics.”
Labor’s campaign spokesman Jim Chalmers said the story was a “disappointing new low”.
“You don’t go after a bloke by using his mum,” he told ABC News.