Bill's barbecue set to win over Blair faithful
LABOR Party leadership contender Bill Shorten will be aiming to win over grass roots party members when he attends a barbecue for the Blair faithful in Churchill on Sunday.
Mr Shorten, vying for the party leadership with Anthony Albanese, has been a regular visitor to Ipswich in recent years. He twice attended flood forums in the city in the aftermath of the 2011 floods and launched Blair MP Shayne Neumann's recent election campaign.
With 50 % of the votes for Labor's new leader coming from party members, Mr Shorten has a track record of supporting Ipswich that will be a key to winning local support.
"Bill twice came up here to address a total of 600 people on issues relating to the floods where he listened to and talked to people about how they were handling that flood situation... and particularly on the issue of insurance," Mr Neumann said.
"As a result of that... Bill came up with practical outcomes to help people. On a case-by-case basis, if we had difficulties with insurance companies I could go to Bill and he would help me sort it out.
"Bill's work led to a single definition of flood being created, a key facts statement and product disclosure statement being made mandatory and improvements and changes to the insurance code of conduct... all arising from the work he did in those forums in Ipswich.
"Bill launched my campaign in Blair and is now coming back to thank the members and supporters who helped us in our successful campaign."