Bill Shorten should order his MPs to remove from social media false claims that electricity prices have increased by $1,000 after he “retreated” from the figure today while omitting from his official transcript what he actually said.

More than a dozen Labor front and backbenchers followed Bill Shorten’s lead and still have the $1,000 figure on their social media accounts. Blackout Bill must finally order his MPs to remove these posts.

The Opposition Leader was asked at a doorstop in Geelong today if he had “evidence” for the claim but refused to back it up, instead trying to blame a newspaper which didn’t publish any such figure.

JOURNALIST: But that figure of $1000, what was your evidence for that? Where did you get that from?

SHORTEN: We read something in The Australian newspaper.

JOURNALIST: Have you got a secondary source for that?

SHORTEN: Well the people who said it have since retreated from some of their calculations…

But, revealingly, in Bill Shorten’s transcript he said “there was something in The Australian newspaper” as if to acquit himself and the Labor Party of any blame. If you watch the doorstop closely he said “we read something in The Australian newspaper.”

It is astonishing to think the Labor Party have concocted a figure and then sought to blame a media outlet which didn’t even print the figure in the first place. How can anyone trust Blackout Bill, Brownout Butler, No Coal Joel, Candlelight Clare and Powerless Pat Conroy and their Labor Party comrades to run an economy if they can’t even do a simple calculation on electricity prices.

Labor MPs who are still spruiking the bogus $1,000 claim on social media include:

Bill Shorten, Maribyrnong
Mike Kelly, Eden-Monaro
Clare O’Neil, Hotham
Tim Watts, Gellibrand
Jason Clare, Blaxland
Mark Butler, Port Adelaide
Nick Champion, Wakefield
Shayne Neumann, Blair
Amanda Rishworth, Kingston
Brendan O’Connor, Gorton
Peter Khalil, Wills
Brian Mitchell, Lyons
Matt Thistlethwaite, Kingsford-Smith

Last week the House of Representatives voted to condemn Bill Shorten for deliberately misleading the Australian people on his disproven claim that electricity prices had increased by $1,000 for an average household in Sydney.

As demonstrated in correspondence from the Australian Energy Market Commission and Australian Energy Regulator tabled in Parliament, they have not published any data to support Labor’s false claim.