Labor leader says childhood experiences drive his passion for equality as his parents were smarter than the opportunities they had

Combating poverty and boosting equality of opportunity is a core economic strategy, Bill Shorten says, promising a major focus on “unlocking the potential” of Australians if Labor wins on 18 May.

The Labor leader has avoided making an explicit commitment pre-election to increase the Newstart allowance, instead promising a review post election.

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