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Shorten's seat eyed by gangland widow Roberta Williams

28 Août 2017

But - Williams' political aspirations may but cut short.

Bill Shorten faces a new challenge with gangland widow and convicted drug trafficker Roberta Williams planning to make a bid for the opposition leader's Melbourne seat at the next federal poll.

Ms Roberts' candidacy profile states the mother of five is "a charitable person" with a "great understanding" of the needs of the homeless, troubled youth, people with disabilities, people with mental health issues and those experiencing financial difficulties.

The candidate says she would also be a spokesperson for free medical treatment and better facilities.

Roberta Williams has been chosen as the Australian People's Party candidate for Mr Shorten's seat of Maribyrnong in Melbourne, but her status as an undischarged bankrupt could rule her out of the race. "I'm a people person", she said.

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"They either like you or don't like you. But I'm going to beat him".

A hurdle remains, however, in her declaration of bankruptcy previous year after racking up a debt of more than $300,000 to the Australian Taxation Office.

Roberta Williams was married to underworld figure and murderer Carl Williams, who was bashed to death by another inmate in Barwon Prison in 2010.

The Australian People's Party, registered earlier this year, aims to be "the third independent centrist voice" in Australian politics.

Its policies include a "fairer" taxation system providing larger tax returns, free education, a Bill of Rights enshrining freedom of speech and a focus on Australian owned production and "jobs for Australian citizens first".

Shorten's seat eyed by gangland widow Roberta Williams