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Albanese appears to blame Bill Shorten for the ad, which was savaged as racist on social media, and which the Labor leader acknowledged was ‘a bad oversight’

Bill Shorten has conceded that people with more diverse backgrounds should have been in Labor’s new Employ Australians First ad, in response to complaints that it was racist.

Labor’s infrastructure spokesman, Anthony Albanese, labelled the ad “a shocker” and appeared to blame Shorten by noting it was “clearly dropped to Channel Nine” and that he, a member of the ALP national executive, had not seen it.

Guys, you can stop freaking out about this ad now because Bill Shorten's office has confirmed all these people have lots of ethnic friends.

@MrKRudd hmmmm...meanwhile back home...have you see bill shorten's latest racist ads?

Bill Shorten's latest TV ad, appealing to nativism and xenophobia, is disgusting, degrading and shows appalling judgment #auspol

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Some people have pointed out the lack of diversity in the ALP’s video about local jobs. Fair cop. A bad oversight that won’t happen again.

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