bill-shorten northern australiaOpposition Leader Bill Shorten has started the federal election campaign in Cairns, spruiking Labor’s plan to develop northern Australia.

Labor yesterday kicked off its campaign, announcing it would provide 400 additional scholarships over four years to help Indigenous Australians become teachers.

When quizzed about the northern Australia plan, Mr Shorten said it should be about balancing competing interests.

“We think the north of Australia works best when we have all of the diverse interests working together,” he said.

“Now not everyone has to come together thinking the same things but I think when you look at pastoralists, when Indigenous leaders, when land councils, when tourism and when the environmentalists come together, there is more goodwill in the room than people realise.”

Mr Shorten is in Townsville today and is expected to address issues of jobs, education, the Great Barrier Reef and infrastructure as reported by ABC News.

With Queensland shaping up to be a crucial election battleground, Labor is hoping to take control of several seats in the state’s north. To read more click here.

The Developing Northern Australia Conference Above the Line – unleashing the north’s potential will be held on 20-22 June 2016 at Darwin Convention Centre.

The Conference continues the dialogue started in 2015 following the release of the Australian Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia. To register your attendance at the conference CLICK HERE.