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Trump entirely unsuitable, says Shorten

AAP logoAAP 10/10/2016

Donald Trump has confirmed through his own words and deeds the worst fears of Americans and others that he's entirely unsuitable to be leader of the free world, Bill Shorten says.

The opposition leader said he wasn't the only one relieved that with every passing day and every demeaning and disgusting comment, Mr Trump's prospect of becoming president faded.

In a speech to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia conference in Canberra on Tuesday, he said he visited Canada and the US last month, with the prospect of a Trump presidency one of the dominant topics of discussion.

"By his own words and his own actions, he has confirmed the worst fears of millions in the United States and beyond its borders - he is entirely unsuitable to be leader of the free world," he says in the speech.

Mr Shorten said Mr Trump, like those who advocated Britain's exit from the European Union, drew his power from those who have felt the rough edges of globalisation and economic change.

He said that included workers who had been outsourced, downsized and rationalised, families feeling the pinch of flat wages, widening inequality and falling living standards and marginalised, alienated groups told that migrants, minorities and big government were to blame.

"That's the low road of change - lashing out, scapegoating. We need to take the high road - skilling our people, investing in education, addressing inequality, promoting inclusion," he said.

Mr Shorten says we need to understand that when many Australians hear the word automation, they think redundancy and that our system is good at flexibility for employers, but not so good at flexibility for employees.

"That many Australians know the calls for a low wage, easy-to-hire, easy-to-fire system will not deliver hundreds of thousands of new jobs," he said.

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