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(generated from captions) quickly as possible today.Anthony Clarke from the Rural Fire Service in NSW. Labor frontbencher Bill Shorten has decide heed will stant for the party's leadership. If Mr Shorten is elected, Tanya Plibersek would most likely be his deputy. Many in Labor are pushing for that team and don't want a public contest, arguing it's in Labor's interest to present a unified team after the recent leadership turmoil minister, Anthony Albanese, hasn't yet said if he'll be a leadership contender. hasn't yet said if he'll be stands, there would be a leadership contest under the leadership contender. If he
stands, there would contest under the party's new rules contest under rules which gives party members a say in who's rules which gives a say in who's leader. However, some a say in some are concerned about whether those rules are whether workable, pointing out they whether those rules were drawn up by Mr Rudd just after workable, pointing out after he returned to the leadership in June. Some would prefer the process prefer the process was debated at an ALP national conference. Now political reporter Latika Bourke has spoken to Labor MP Shane Newman about whether or not he'll be supporting Mr Shorten for the leadership. Shane Newman, welcome to ABC News 24 ch congratulations firstly on retaining your seat of Blair in Queensland, despite all the talk about a wipe-out for Labor in that State you mention - you managed a very small swing to you. How did you do it? A few factors, one, we ran a fantastic campaign here in Blair. A 1.4% swing. We campaigned very strategically. We said don't let Newman's Queensland become Abbott's Australia. They'd had a

They voted 7 or 8% swings Ipswich to Labor.You thing it was a big was the Newman factor?Yes, was a big factor.You said Kevin helped as well. What do you mean by that? Kevin is very popular in Queensland. Queenslanders like Queenslanders. We don't support the State of Origin with that passionate conviction for nothing and Kevin's very liked in Ipswich and Logan, Rockhampton and Brisbane. We saw that with the results in seats like Oxley, Martin and Rankin and certainly Kevin held his seat of Griffith decisively with a small drop so I think that was the case. I think that party office deserves some cred as well, Anthony chiz anymore the team in party office undertook a very strategic sandbagging operation to retain our seats but we've got entrenched local members like myself, Burnie Ripper can and Graham Perrett in seats along the western corridor where Brisbane has difference in construction of the Ipswich motorway, for example. Do you regret not moving to Kevin Rudd earlier? He might have won you the election if Labor had acted sooner? I think there was never an tune before that for Kevin to get the numbers. You were one of those numbers and you kept supporting Julia Gillard doomp you ere gret not giving it to Kevin earlier? I regret nothing in relation to that. I made the right also, also made the right call at the end to support Kevin because I thought he was a popular figure here in Queenslanduric thought it was important y thought we had an existential issue in Queensland about the survival of the party after the drubbing we took in March 2012 where we only had 7 seats in the State Parliament out of 89. I thought it was important Kevin be returned for that reason and I have no regrets in relation to that at all.What do you think Kevin Rudd should do now? Laurie Emini says he's - Craig Emerson says he's a treacherous leader who should leave the parliament. Kevin Rudd deserves respect and honour as a former Prime Minister. Kevin has just been reelected by the people of Griffith for another three years. It's what he does. He's always stood up three years. It's his decision
what he up for the south what he does. He's always stood up for the south side of
Brisbane admirably up for the south Brisbane admirably and well. If Brisbane Kevin wishes to serve Brisbane admirably and well. Kevin wishes to serve for the
remaining Kevin wishes to serve remaining three years of this parliament, that's his decision and I respect that.Bill Shorten's going to put his hand up for the leadership. Would he enjoy your vote? Yes, I'll support Bill. Bill's record of legislative achievement is exemplary. This is a bloke that took on insurance companies in the aftermath of the floods and cyclones in Queensland and elsewhere, got reform in the insurance sector in terms of superannuation there is tremendous reform and achievement there that he's undertaken and it's probably true to say he is the spiritual inspiration for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Bill went round the country whipping up enthusiasm for that, harnessing support for that scheme and in many way he's is the mother and architect of that scheme and he'll have my support if he puts his hand up. He also back-stabbed two Prime Ministers. How does he overcome that perception? Bill is widely respected in the commune. He can speak to people in boardrooms and bus stops, in service clubs and work strz and I think he'll have the support of the Caucus should he put his hand up. One of your first challenges will be for the Labor Caucus to decide what to do on carbon pricing. What's your view having just received a message from voters? The is no doubt at all that humans make a contribution to the environment in an adverse way and the Productivity Commission says to us and the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology all together say that the most efficient and effective way to deal with the issues of climate change is to put a price on We've stood by that. We've carbon. That's our belief. stood by that in We've stood by that. stood by that in difficult
circumstances and my view is that we should stand by our beliefs. This is something that's in the best interests of the country and it's in the best interests of all of us to best interests of all take action on climate change. I look forward to take action on climate I look forward to hearing what Tony Abbott has to say in terms of his policies. I don't believe in any way at all he's got conviction believe in any way got conviction to take action on this issue. Your Labor colleague Nick Champion says, however, that the voters should respect - the voters have given the Opposition a mandate and it should be up to the public now to see how bad Direct Action is in action and how much it will force up prices. Do you think there's an argument there to be respected? I can tell you what happened in my seat. Nearly every forum I went to, someone asked me a question about climate change and carbon pricing and on each and every occasion I stood up in front of the people in my electorate and said I supported what we were doing in terms of taking action on climate change and putting a price on carbon. I said that to the constituents in Blair y stood for that y voted for that in Federal Parliament, it's Labor Party policy, I'll continue to support us taking action on climate change and supporting an Emissions Trading Scheme. It's the right thing by the country and the right thing by the environment. Finally, what if the Liberal Party had applied that approach to WorkChoices? The Liberal Party has only just about said no to everything in the last parliament. I can't believe the number of times that they voted no in a petty and vindictive way. For them to run this argument in relation to mandate I've heard them arguing very recently is a denial of what's happened in the last three years. I mean, they are the pillars of negativity and nay saying, the kotion x you saw that in the many and rarious votes they undertook and their policy positions in the last three years. It is hard to argue they don't have a mandate for this, isn't it? I have a mandate in my seat to take action on climate change ask to vote for an Emissions Trading Scheme and to support it. Other Labor MPs have similar positions because they stood up for this issue. We'll stand up for our beliefs, ow values. I think Tony Abbott and the Liberals have got this wrong. I think their ethics, values and choices on climate change are wrong. It's not economically responsible to adopt the attitude they're taking and I don't think it's environmentally effective, a Direct Action policy is not the way to go to take action on climate change. Shane Newman, thanks for joining us. Latika