Bill Shorten flags 'serious offering on roads' for Gilmore

LISTEN UP: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and ALP Gilmore candidate Fiona Phillips at the the town hall meeting at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre in Nowra.
LISTEN UP: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and ALP Gilmore candidate Fiona Phillips at the the town hall meeting at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre in Nowra.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says if Labor is to be competitive in Gilmore it needs to present a serious offering on roads.

In Nowra on Thursday during a listening tour of the South Coast, Mr Shorten met with business and council representatives to hear their priorities for the region.

“They put a clear set of information to me and I’m going to take that back to my colleagues and my bean counters, my infrastructure representatives, and talk to them about both the river crossing and Princes Highway work more generally,” Mr Shorten said.

Having holidayed in the Shoalhaven in the last two years, he said he was familiar with the impact the region’s popularity had on local roads. It was important roads kept pace with local growth.

“I think council made a very strong argument and I know if Labor wants to be competitive we have to have a serious offering on roads,” Mr Shorten said.

Mr Shorten spoke at a town hall meeting at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre on Thursday evening which attracted about 300 people.

Taking questions from the floor he spoke of Labor’s commitments to maintaining penalty rates, restoring funding to TAFE and holding the big banks to account via a royal commission.

He lashed the government’s abolition of the 457 visa allowing foreign workers, saying it was a cosmetic gesture.