Shorten in Brisbane for Queensland federal election blitz
Bill Shorten has arrived in Brisbane to launch a blitz of the battleground state, in his first trip to Queensland for the federal election campaign.
The opposition leader will go to church this Easter Sunday with his wife Chloe and their children, having struck an agreement with the prime minister to down tools for the day.
But their shaky Easter truce is bound to be short-lived, with Mr Shorten jetting off this evening to spend several days traversing the sunshine state.
There are a swag of marginal seats up for grabs come May 18.
The coalition government holds eight key Queensland electorates on margins of less than six percent.
Mr Shorten will also need to sandbag three Queensland seats Labor is clinging onto by wafer-thin margins.
The Adani coal mine is expected come into sharp focus during his visit, with Greens founder Bob Brown also in town to lead a convoy against the Carmichael project.
The state Labor government's hesitation to approve the mine may weigh on their federal colleagues' fortunes next month.
The mine is a major issue for voters in the central Queensland LNP-held seats of Capricornia and Dawson, as well as the Townsville-based electorate of Herbert, which Labor holds by just 0.02 percent.
But the issue is not as politically-charged in and around Brisbane, where Labor is targeting several marginal seats, including Peter Dutton's electorate of Dickson, which the Home Affairs minister holds by 1.7 percent.
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