Shayne Neumann campaigning with his daughter Jacqui outside Bundamba State School on Wednesday. Photo:
Shayne Neumann campaigning with his daughter Jacqui outside Bundamba State School on Wednesday. Photo: Rob Williams

"Big softy" Shayne gets Jacqui's vote

WHEN your dad is working more than 100 hours a week, you'll do anything to spend time with him.

And ever since Labor MP Shayne Neumann launched his re-election campaign, youngest daughter Jacqui has been by his side.

Voters may have already met the 22-year-old, dressed in Labor garb, actively campaigning for her father at country shows, railway stations or street stalls across the Blair electorate.

"It has been a perfect opportunity to spend time with dad while supporting him as well," she said.

"He works so hard and such long hours, so I don't get to see him as much as I would like.

"I stay up late some nights to see him when he comes home and we have a tradition where we will watch Dr Who episodes together."

Jacqui, who studies politics and development part-time at the University of Queensland, described her dad as "a big softy".

"He's loving and very paternal. He'll worry over something as small as my sister or I getting a headache," she said.

"Dad misses us a lot when he's away, too. He'll regularly send us text messages to let us know that he's thinking of us.

"He's also a real fitness fanatic - even Tony Abbott has remarked that dad's one of the fittest members in parliament."

With study commitments as well as voluntary work for her local church, Jacqui said most of her free time was spent heavily involved in her father's campaign.

She said he was responsible for her love of politics and social justice.

"Dad really fights for people and does so much to help the community," she said.

"On election day, I won't be voting for him because he's my dad, I'll be voting for him because I know first-hand what a great federal member he is."

Mr Neumann said he was always grateful for the support of his two daughters, Jacqui and Alex, 23, and his wife Carolyn.

"I couldn't represent the people of Blair without their support," he said. "Their love, concern and friendship mean the world to me."

Though Mr Neumann's work requires long hours away from his family, he said it was an honour and a privilege to represent the area he has lived in his entire life.



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