Labor Federal MP for Blair Shayne Neumann (right) launches Steve Leese's Lockyer campaign in front of supporters at the Hatton Vale Golf Club on Sunday.
Labor Federal MP for Blair Shayne Neumann (right) launches Steve Leese's Lockyer campaign in front of supporters at the Hatton Vale Golf Club on Sunday. Derek Barry

Voters to send a message to Newman, says Labor federal MP

LABOR Federal member for Blair Shayne Neumann says the electorate is ready to send a decisive message to Premier Campbell Newman.

Speaking at the Hatton Vale campaign launch of Labor's candidate for Lockyer Steve Leese on Sunday, Mr Neumann said the LNP government would be punished at the polls for cutting services and jobs.

"In the western corridor between Brisbane and Toowoomba we seen massive cuts, 24,000 jobs losts and about 900 health workers in Ipswich and West Moreton region and that affects the Lockyer Valley as well as Lowood and Ipswich," Mr Neumann said.

Mr Neumann denied the previous Queensland Labor government had left a "mess" in the health portfolio.

 "We (the Federal Government) put a huge amount of money into Queensland, an extra ten billion dollars that could have been in the health budget but the Springborg-Newman government cut the funding," he said.

"240,000 people are still on the waiting list to get on the waiting list."

Mr Neumann praised Mr Leese as a terrific candidate for Lockyer.

"He lives here in the Lockyer Valley, he's a very energetic candidate with a lot of determination and credibility up against a kaleidoscope of conservative candidates out here," he said.

Mr Leese thanked Mr Neumann for launching his campaign and also thanked his hard-working volunteers with a message for the wider electorate.

"If you want to stop the asset sales, if you want to stop the rot, if you want to stop the sackings, vote for Labor," Mr Leese said.

"We need change in Lockyer,  for too long Lockyer's been overlooked by the Brisbane-centric government, we need a strong representative and a strong campaigner and that person is me."


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