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Bill Shorten embarrassingly forced to cancel speech… because no one wanted to go

A speech by Labor leader Bill Shorten is back on after a late rally in ticket sales.

The opposition was initially forced into the embarrassing cancellation in the Tasmanian by-election seat of Braddon because organisers managed to sell just 15 of the 80 tickets.

But the publicity from cancelling the lunch has prompted more tickets to be sold.

The Opposition leader is blaming political bias of some business owners for the lack of interest.

Devenport Chamber of Commerce President Stacey Sheehan tells Ross Greenwood initially, “numbers were a little bit light”.

“But at the end of the day, I think with all the publicity we had nationally, we used that to get a surge in numbers.”

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