The former leader of the Labor Party says Australia could have easily avoided the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This is what Australia voted for at the election last year,” says Bill Shorten. “They voted for Scott Morrison. They voted for Coronavirus.”

The stunning claims were made by Mr Shorten as he addressed a union meeting in Sydney today.

“Scott Morrison has dropped the ball on Covid, just like he dropped the ball on the bushfires,” he told the delegates. “It’s little wonder Victoria is still in lock down.”

Coronavirus has claimed 657 Australian lives so far.

Bill Shorten says his policies as Labor leader would have kept Australia Covid free.

“I would have shut international borders much sooner,” he says. “I also would have made rubber gloves mandatory for all Australians.”

Currently Labor’s federal member for the seat of Maribyrnong, Bill Shorten has previously ruled out another stint as Labor’s leader.

But at today’s union meeting, he appeared to have changed his tune.

“You never know what the future holds,” he told the audience. “I’m only 53 years old.”