Local Media


April 19, 2021

Shayne Neumann has been endorsed as Labor’s candidate for the Federal seat of Blair for a seventh consecutive time.

Mr Neumann, who was preselected unopposed, said it is a privilege and honour to be the Australian Labor Party’s candidate in Blair, which includes most of Ipswich, all the Somerset Region and the Brisbane area around Karana Downs and Mount Crosby.

“This is my home community, where I was born and raised, went to school, played local sport, and where my wife and I raised our daughters,” Mr Neumann said.

“I am proud to continue representing this electorate in the Federal Parliament as the Member for Blair.”

Mr Neumann said he was determined to continue to fight for a fair go for the region.

“Since I was elected in 2007, I have been fighting to ensure better funding for services and a greater investment in our infrastructure.

“For the past eight years this region has been neglected by consecutive Liberal Governments despite it being one of the fastest growing regions in Australia.”

Mr Neumann said some of the top priorities for the region include:

  • The Cunningham Highway upgrade between Yamanto and Ebenezer Creek.
  • The Warrego Highway upgrade at the Mount Crosby overpass
  • Finishing the Ipswich Motorway upgrade, including the Oxley roundabout to Darra.
  • North Ipswich Reserve stadium
  • Ipswich to Springfield rail corridor – business case
  • Veterans Hub

“It is clear that Scott Morrison has no interest in what happens in our region; whether it’s the state of the stalled roll-out of the COVID vaccine, or the loss of local jobs; neither in the poor conditions of our seniors living in aged care, nor the second rate NBN.

“I am well and truly on the side of people living in this region and I will continue to fight for a fair go for all of us.”

Mr Neumann said that while the Prime Minister has not made any indication when the election will be, he is ready.

“I never take this electorate for granted and have continued to hold mobile offices in local communities from Springfield to Kilcoy.

“During the COVID-19 restrictions I made tens of thousands of phone calls to ensure local residents understood they were supported and not alone.

“I look forward to the next election and hope the people of Australia see fit to elect a Labor Government, which will ensure the Blair electorate receives a fair go.”