Opposition Leader Bill Shorten
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten Chris Ison

Bill Shorten denies wrongdoing in $300,000 union donation

LABOR leader Bill Shorten has denied claims he ripped off workers to benefit the Australian Workers' Union during his time as leader of the organisation.

Mr Shorten will face a royal commission next month to answer questions about the allegations.

Responding to queries on ABC's Insiders about a $300,000 donation the company building the Melbourne East Link tollway paid the union in 2005, he denied any wrongdoing.

"I always said that the royal commission, set up by Tony Abbott to investigate unions, would be an opportunity for people to settle scores," he said.

"I look forward to the opportunity to talk about why I should be Prime Minister based upon the good things I've done for workers and working constructively with employers."