Bill Shorten on the hustings with Jim Madden at Riverlink.
Bill Shorten on the hustings with Jim Madden at Riverlink. Rob Williams

Labor big hitters drove Ipswich win

BILL Shorten couldn't have spent more time in Ipswich during the state election campaign if he'd rented a house in Brisbane Rd.

It is hard to argue with that view expressed by Blair MP Shayne Neumann when outlining the vast contribution of big hitting federal Labor identities to the state election wins of Jennifer Howard and Jim Madden in local Ipswich seats.

During the campaign, Mr Shorten, the federal Labor leader, visited Ipswich twice while Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek, Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus and Senator Joe Ludwig all campaigned on behalf of Ms Howard in the seat of Ipswich and Mr Madden in Ipswich West.

Mr Shorten campaigned in the streets of Ipswich with Ms Howard and Mr Madden and gave a speech at the Labor Party campaign launch.

Ms Plibersek launched Ms Howard's campaign and attended a forum on domestic violence, where she spoke of the need for community groups to have the support of government and contrasted the LNP and Labor approach.

Mr Dreyfus campaigned with Mr Madden and attended the Labor launch.

Senator Ludwig campaigned with Mr Madden in Lowood and attended a multicultural forum with Ms Howard in Ipswich.

Deputy Oposition leader Tanya Plibersek visits Ipswich to help launch Jennifer Howard's campaign. (L-R) Jennifer Howard and Tanya Plibersek. Photo: Kate Czerny / The Queensland Times
SUPPORT: Deputy Federal Opposition leader Tanya Plibersek (right) visits Ipswich to launch Jennifer Howard's campaign. Kate Czerny

Blair MP Shayne Neumann's contribution cannot be underestimated. He was a constant presence at the side of the state Labor candidates during the campaign and provided counsel and valuable resources to ensure the LNP was wiped out in the city.

Mr Shorten, Ms Plibersek and Mr Dreyfus all gave up considerable time to speak one-on-one to the QT about the key issues facing the Ipswich public in the January 31 election.

"It goes to show that federal Labor, as well as state Labor, is not afraid to support Ipswich or speak out on key issues that concern residents such as cost of living standards, employment, the need for investment in infrastructure and education, health and community services," Mr Neumann said.

"Bill has been here to speak to disability support groups. He came to not only launch my own campaign in 2013 but fronted up to hundreds of flood affected Ipswich residents to discuss a number of issues."

Ms Plibersek visited Ipswich previously when Housing Minister in the former Labor government, while Mr Dreyfus has also previously met with social justice groups in Ipswich.

"We have had a phalanx of prominent federal Labor people here to support me and state Labor candidates," Mr Neumann said.