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Bill Shorten Will Not Name His Favourite Lettuce And It's Super Weird

Welcome to silly season.

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Labor leader Bill Shorten kicked off a tour through marginal seats yesterday and during an interaction with a shopper asked a very important question.

"What's your favourite lettuce?"

Shorten was touring the Queanbeyan supermarket with the family trying to make a point about the impact of a GST rise on fresh produce.

It was a good question (if not a little awkward) and the woman replied:

"Actually it's iceberg."

A great answer (if not a little ominous).

Triple J reporter Alice Workman pushed the question back on Shorten on Wednesday.

.@billshortenmp is visting "BIG SAM’S MARKET" in Melbourne today. Fingers crossed we find out his favourite lettuce.

Ready for a free kick, Shorten tweeted back two puns, a dank meme and a total political non-answer.

Cos you asked @workmanalice - my favourite lettuce is one that doesn't have a 15 per cent GST on it.

Unbowed Workman tried again, this time with his staff.

.@Shorten_Suite aren't providing any answers on Bill Shorten's cryptic lettuce tweet.

UPDATE 1030AEST: Shorten was asked AGAIN for his lettuce preference at a Wednesday press conference. His answer, "I like all different sorts of lettuce."

Bloody hell. In a country blessed with bountiful fresh produce, several types of excellent local lettuce varieties and a generation of people who have clear lettuce preferences, Bill avoided the question TWICE, trying to score political points.

P.S. the correct answer is iceberg. Iceberg is the superior lettuce.

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

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