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Shorten plays trump card on disaffected

AAP logoAAP 17/11/2016 Rashida Yosufzai

Labor leader Bill Shorten has used Donald Trump's presidential victory to again reject the case for big company tax cuts.

But he also tapped into the fears of the "unlucky Australians" who've been "dislocated and downsized" amid economic and social challenges.

He identified single mothers, older jobseekers, people with disability and rural residents witnessing "for lease signs spread like weeds" down their streets.

"The people who've been forgotten, neglected, dispossessed and marginalised" must be supported during times of change through a fair transition that didn't ignore small country towns and suburbs with few jobs, he told the Australian Council of Social Services conference in Sydney on Thursday.

But the opposition leader criticised the $50 billion coalition plan for large company tax cuts, saying Australia didn't need Donald Trump-style "trickle-down economics".

Mr Trump's electoral victory made no difference to the case against what amounted to a massive corporate giveaway.

"How on earth does a $50 billion tax plan help Australians battling flat wages?" Mr Shorten said.

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