Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk. Sharyn O'Neill

Opposition Leader out to win back heartland

TAKING the campaign up the road from her electorate to Ipswich yesterday was a priority for Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk who said the region was crucial to Labor's chances in the election.

"Ipswich has always been in the past Labor heartland and after the last election we just were devastated at the loss," Ms Palaszczuk said.

The region has been a target for the party under Ms Palaszczuk's leadership from day one with the first shadow cabinet meeting held in Ipswich.

"From the first week I was back out at Ipswich making sure that we reconnect and regain the trust of voters," she said.

Ms Palaszczuk said the biggest issue for Ipswich residents was jobs.

"The second crucial issue out here is asset sales. When I came out to that first Ipswich shadow cabinet meeting it was to reiterate my view that a future Labor government would not sell our assets and there can be no starker contrast between the LNP and Labor at this election."

Ms Palaszczuk said the Newman government had $37billion worth of assets in their sights, which would lead to job losses and higher electricity prices.

"Ipswich residents have noticed the high rises in cost of living that have had a huge impact on them, the unemployment rates are just skyrocketing and there have been cuts to services."

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