Bill Shorten has refused to answer questions on whether federal Labor MP Michael Danby was taking a cheeky sick day back in September.
The opposition leader was kept tight-lipped on why the Member for Melbourne Ports attended a counter-terrorism conference in Israel last month during a sitting week of Parliament – which came after he told the Labor party he was unwell, the Herald Sun reports.
“I’m not going to comment about a person’s personal medical issues,” Mr Shorten said.
“The man gave us a medical certificate. I’m not a doctor. I’m not going to start second-guessing his medical prognosis and condition.”
While Mr Danby confirmed he provided a medical certificate, he told The Australian that no taxpayer funds were spend on the trip - hitting back at allegations of chucking a sickie as a distortion of “circumstances”.
“I received medical advice to take a complete break and get away. I took that advice,” he said.
“Unauthorised release of private medical information is ethically wrong.
“None of us want our private health details released, especially when they’re used to distort circumstances.”