Wong and Howard make Labor case for Ipswich

IN SPOTLIGHT: Jennifer Howard (middle) with Penny Wong and local residents.
IN SPOTLIGHT: Jennifer Howard (middle) with Penny Wong and local residents. Sarah Harvey

THE Labor Party's quest to win back the state seat of Ipswich has ramped up with candidate Jennifer Howard hosting a fundraising event at Stumps Hotel.

Over 60 people attended with Senator Penny Wong the guest speaker.

Ms Wong, who spoke about the different visions the Coalition and Labor had for Australia, said the recent federal budget was "an indication of the government's priorities".

"And it is pretty clear to the community here that health education and jobs aren't the priorities of Liberal governments," she said.

Ms Howard said her party would take steps to ensure more Ipswich people were employed, as the unemployment rate has skyrocketed to 12.3%

"We will fight for jobs.

"Campbell Newman is bleating about what Tony Abbott has done with the budget but the first thing he did was cut public service jobs.

"The second thing he did was axe the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.

"(Labor leader) Annastacia Palaszczuk has said she will reinstate that program.

"The recent federal budget is a really clear example of the yawning divide between the Liberal Party and the Labor Party.

"The Labor Party is a party for equality and fairness."

Ms Wong said Ms Howard would be a strong advocate.

"Jenny obviously brings a long history in the local community, as well as being a strong advocate for her community. I think she would be a great representative," she said.

Ms Howard said Labor could win the next state election and that her three days at the Ipswich Show convinced her.

"People were saying that no-one is listening to them and the gap between the haves and the have nots has broadened.

"The difference between Liberal and Labor at the moment can be whether people have a roof over their heads or not ... with the GP tax, the cuts to the pension and the school kids bonus and the six months without pay if you are under 30 and lose your job."

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