Shorten caught texting and driving

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has been caught on camera using his mobile phone while driving.

The footage, posted by the Herald Sun, is believed to have been filmed in August after Mr Shorten dropped his children off at music classes on a Sunday.

The release of the footage comes just weeks after an incident in November where Mr Shorten crashed his late mother’s car into two parked cars in Carlton, reportedly because he spilled coffee.


Cabinet Minister Christopher Pyne has told the Nine Network Mr Shorten should keep both hands on the wheel at all times and he won’t get in trouble.

Mr Shorten has since apologised for the incident, admitting it is possible he was texting and he won’t do it again.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says Mr Shorten has put his hand up and said he shouldn’t have been on his phone behind the wheel.

“He did the wrong thing and he’s committed to not do it again. I don’t think you can ask much more than that,” he told ABC TV.

Mr Andrews said it was a matter for Victoria Police whether they pursue the matter and it’s not his job to direct them.

The penalty for the illegal use of a mobile phone while driving in Victoria is a $443 fine and four demerit points.

In an interesting twist, the person filming the incident also appears to be driving while using their phone.