Bill Shorten claimed today I have refused to debate the Shadow Attorney-General on key portfolio issues.

This is completely untrue and just another lie from Bill Shorten being used to get himself out of tough questioning.

The Australian Financial Review sought to host a debate between myself and the Shadow Attorney-General and asked whether I would participate in a one-on-one debate on portfolio issues including our plans for a national integrity commission and other issues.

I agreed to a debate in either Sydney or Perth and offered multiple potential dates.

The Shadow Attorney-General declined to debate me on any of the multiple proposed dates or venues.

If Bill Shorten is unwilling to open himself up to the scrutiny of a further free to air debate because he has been caught out with lies and misrepresentations during his campaign, then his telling another untruth to defend his decision to avoid scrutiny is probably just him being true to form.