CANBERRA, Australia — Bill Shorten, the man most likely to become Australia’s prime minister in elections on Saturday, has the solid support of his centre-left Labor Party behind him. But the Australian public isn’t so sure.
Even though the ruling conservative Liberal Party-led coalition has lagged behind Labor in opinion polls for the past two years, Shorten has been rated a less popular leader than Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the prime minister Morrison replaced in a Liberal Party revolt nine months ago, Malcolm Turnbull.
But despite an apparent lack of charisma, most experts expect that the 52-year-old Shorten will lead his party into power for the first time in six years.
Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press