Shayne Neumann

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The Honourable
Shayne Neumann
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Blair
Assumed office
24 November 2007
Preceded by Cameron Thompson
Personal details
Born (1961-08-26) 26 August 1961 (age 55)
Ipswich, Queensland
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater University of Queensland
Profession Lawyer

Shayne Kenneth Neumann (born 26 August 1961) is an Australian politician. He is an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since 2007, representing the Division of Blair. On 25 March 2013, Newman was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General and Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing.[1]

Upon the defeat of the Rudd Government at the 2013 federal election, Neumann was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Ageing under new leader Bill Shorten.[2]

Political career[edit]

Neumann was the Labor candidate for Blair at the 2004 federal election, and was heavily defeated by sitting Liberal member Cameron Thompson. Blair was considered a safe Liberal seat at the time.[3]

Neumann sought a rematch in 2007. This time, he was aided by two factors. Firstly, a redistribution of the electoral boundaries, finalised in 2006, pushed Blair further into Ipswich while cutting out the conservative-leaning rural towns of Esk and Kingaroy, roughly halving Thompson's majority.[4] Secondly, there was a big Labor resurgence across the country at the 2007 federal election under the leadership of Kevin Rudd. This resurgence was at its greatest in Queensland; Rudd's home state.[5] Neumann won the seat on a swing of 10.17 percent.

Neumann was reelected in 2010 with only a modest swing against him. He was reelected in 2013, actually picking up a small swing in his favour as Labor lost government. In 2016, Neumann technically made Blair a safe Labor seat by taking 59.2 percent of the two-party vote.


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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Cameron Thompson
Member for Blair