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We Slid Into Australia's Alternate Prime Minister's Twitter DMs To Ask Weirdly Specific "Would You Rathers"

Exclusive: Australia's first ever DM interview.

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The Labor leader loves his phone to keep up-to-date and text his MPs to crunch the numbers.

He was back at it over the weekend, marshaling his allies to significant votes on marriage equality and asylum seeker policy at his party's national conference in Melbourne.

BuzzFeed News thought that we'd ~slide~ into his Twitter DMs to interview him and get to know more about the man who would be Australia's next prime minister.


There are several important differences between the Abbott government's policy and Shorten's:

- The ALP would only turnback boats coming from Indonesia

- It would end the media blackout of reporting boat arrivals

- It would also double the refugee intake to 27,000

Reflecting on Shorten's answer to the "would you rather" it appears he'd rather be prime minister with the government's controversial policy, than not be PM with Australia having the ALP's "more humane" approach.

Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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Alexandra Lee is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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