TUCKING IN: Bill Shorten gets into some lunch at Lobley Park in Churchill on Sunday afternoon.
TUCKING IN: Bill Shorten gets into some lunch at Lobley Park in Churchill on Sunday afternoon. Rob Williams

Bill gives leadership a fair shake of the sauce bottle

SHAYNE Neumann could be a potential leader in a Bill Shorten-led Labor party.

Mr Shorten, an ALP leadership hopeful, praised Mr Neumann's parliamentary talents and suggested he has a future as a policy debate leader.

"(Shadow ministries will) be a matter for the caucus, but Shayne Neumann has got a lot to contribute, he does every day," he said.

"Certainly he is capable of leadership at the national level in many fields of debate and policy ideas."

In Ipswich at the invitation of the Blair MP, Mr Shorten addressed the party faithful in a speech at Lobley Park in Churchill.

He told the crowd he wanted to reignite the Labor base. He praised the new grassroots vote for the Labor party leadership saying it was "revolutionising politics in Australia".

While he praised work done by prime ministers Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd he admitted the party wasn't in a strong position and needed to work hard to reinvigorate their vote.

Mr Shorten said he would make science and research a priority in Australia, saying they should be a part of the "Labor brand", and said the party needed to better support single parents and work to stamp out violence against women.

He said the party needed to look to historical icons like Gough Whitlam as a way to reinvigorate the party.

"(Whitlam) said after the 1966 election defeat … that in 1967 this year will be the year of the party, we must get the party right. And that is what we are doing today with this most exciting ballot."

He thanked the party members who worked with Mr Neumann during the election campaign.

"This is the safest Labor seat in Queensland because of Shayne Neumann and you," he said.

He praised Mr Neumann for the work he did in Blair to increase his margin when Labor candidates across the country fell.

"All politics is local, Shayne Neumann is local," he said.

"I think most members of parliament work hard. But Shayne, he's in a zone of his own. He sincerely works hard. He helps put Ipswich and Somerset on the map.

"He's a man who what you see locally is what you see in Canberra, he's consistent."



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