Caboolture hosted a Bill Shorten Town Hall Meeting at Caboolture RSL Last Night and it got rowdy

A rowdy night as the Caboolture RSL Hosted Bill Shorten's 32nd Town Hall Meeting with issues and passions the cornerstone of the event and included a habitual gatecrashing by another Longman candidate in the forthcoming election on July 2 .

The Queensland leader of the Veterans Party Jeremy Davey, a former navy sailor, snuck in a question about Labor's plans to help veterans and cut the suicide rate of returned service personnel Jeremy had admitted  to gatecrashing Mr Shorten's Christmas Party drinks with the Canberra Press Gallery in 2014, by posing as a reporter.

Bill Shorten also got the kind of response from the meeting he was hoping for engaging and addressing key needs of the community however he also got what he didn't expect the long winded question and the packed houses clearly was not amused.

During the epic three-minute spiel Labor supporter Pauline Freeman, from Bribie Island canvassed underpaid supermarket trolley boys, obesity, Bob Hawke, Medicare tea-towels, items she had researched on Facebook and the fact she had not done her laundry for five weeks.

Members of the audience groaned as she continued talking.

 Ms Freeman  wearing a  red Labor t-shirt, accused Mr Shorten of lying about his claim the federal government planned to privatise Medicare.

Exclaiming "Why are you lying?" she yelled, while a Labor staffer tried to take the microphone off her, she was handed a policy booklet afterwards.

Ainon Thomas, from Elimbah, stood up and shouted Ms Freeman down, waving her arms around wildly from across the room and later said she was frustrated time was wasted because she had had her heart set on asking Mr Shorten whether he would change laws to make it easier for Australian couples to adopt children from overseas.

She was teary when she got a chance to speak with him afterwards.

Caboolture is in the Liberal seat of Longman, which is held by young MP Wyatt Roy. Labor thinks the seat could be vulnerable this election.

Labor's candidate Susan Lamb is a former teacher's aide and her eldest son is the same age as 26-year-old Mr Roy.

She talked up her "life experience" as a mother-of-four over the incumbent, who she claimed was more interested in celebrity than the local community.

Mr Shorten's wife Chloe was in the audience of about 230 people, mostly made up of Labor supporters, baby boomers and seniors.

Mr Shorten during the evening addressed one key issues of suicide and homelessness where he thought suicide was a hidden problem in the community.

An even equally hidden and bigger problem for Caboolture is the growing number of homeless sleeping under stairs, doorways in the Caboolture Hub precinct, as well as near offices and shopping places. 

No one sees them during the day but come night their sleeping bags pillows and all their earthy belongings can be seen with a keen eye.

The growing problem is hidden but is set to explode as winter sets in and more join the queue to find a place to live that is affordable.

Longman incidentally had the third highest suicide rate of 28 electorates analysed between 2009-12.

 

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