Shorten: 'Great place to live, better if you have a job'
"THIS is a great place to live, but it is a better place to live if you have a job."
These were the words Labor Leader Bill Shorten left the more than 70 attendees at the Rockhampton community forum meeting last night.
After around an hour of fielding questions from community members, Mr Shorten delivered a summing up of the night.
"Of all the issues that you raised, the big one which is loud and clear is jobs," he said.
"And people here are not asking for a great deal, so we will talk to the mayor and the local representatives.
"You watch us in the next two years, you think we had some good policies in the last election? But through this discussion... we will have even better policies at the next election."
Mr Shorten heard questions regarding the NBN, refugees, visa workers, small business, Centrelink, childcare, domestic violence and tourism.
"Whenever I do a public meeting, to come and listen, there are always things which surprise me," he said.
"This has been a very rich learning for me, it doesn't matter if its the story about the (Capricorn) resort or the difficulties that older people face displaced by change to try and have another crack, the implementation of the act in terms of domestic violence, talking about the case in the commission about redundancy or the NBN speeds in Cambodia.
"You guys know what you're talking about. You don't need me to tell you that.
"People are cynical about politics... I appreciate you telling me what is going on."
Mr Shorten said he was giving himself a tick for turning up, and would encourage the prime minister to do the same.