"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.
Ready for a free kick, Shorten tweeted back two puns, a dank meme and a total political non-answer.
Unbowed Workman tried again, this time with his staff.
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 Reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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