Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has promised to take immediate action on minimum wage rises if Labor wins office on May 18.
Labor leader Bill Shorten has promised to launch a "full-throated, full-bodied" wage rise push as he tries to win over Australian workers.
Mr Shorten took his election campaign to far north Queensland on Monday, targeting Liberal MP Warren Enstch's seat of Leichhardt, which he holds by 3.9 per cent.
Labor plans to focus on wages all week as it launches a blitz of the sunshine state.
In a pitch to Cairns hospital workers, the opposition leader vowed to take immediate action on "modest and meaningful" pay raises if he wins on May 18.
"We are going to get the best lawyers in the country and we are going to turn up at the independent umpire," Mr Shorten told the employees.
"We are going to make the best case that a Commonwealth government has ever made to get wages moving again in this country."
Mr Shorten has vowed to use "the full force of commonwealth advocacy" to boost the wages of 2.2 million people.
However, he will not put a dollar figure on the submission.
Social support officer Ryan Murphy pounced on Mr Shorten as others offered their polite applause, complaining about money pumped into hospitals further south.
"We are getting neglected up here - it's disgusting," he said.
Mr Murphy was satisfied with the Labor leader's musings on more health funding, and liked what he heard about wages.
"But I want to see action," he told reporters afterwards.
"Unfortunately, there's too many politicians that just go on and on and no action. Hopefully they've heard us. If they didn't, they've lost a vote."
Mr Shorten has also promised to reverse the Fair Work Commission's recent decision on penalty rate cuts within 100 days of winning office.
Some crossbench senators will only support Labor if unions are also banned from trading away penalty rates.
But Mr Shorten is not budging.
"I'm going to be very clear - if we get elected, we've got the mandate to change the penalty rates."
Earlier, Mr Shorten travelled deep into a tropical rainforest to announce a $190 million package for regional tourism.
He also vowed to scrap a "dodgy" $444 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
Mr Shorten and wife Chloe shared a few peaceful moments aboard a chair lift through the treetops.
But when the Labor leader disembarked, he stepped out into a flurry of questions about the Adani coal mine.
The opposition has questioned whether the environment minister was bullied into approving the mine.
Asked five times whether he would review the approvals if Labor wins office, Mr Shorten did not rule it out but said he had "no plans".
The coalition holds 21 of 30 federal Queensland seats, but Labor is well within striking distance of pinching eight the LNP holds by less than 6 per cent.
Adani is a major issue in a fistful of central and north Queensland seats that Labor is trying to either steal or sandbag.
But in Brisbane, stopping Adani is an issue among climate change-conscious voters in other marginals, including Peter Dutton's electorate of Dickson which he holds by 1.7 per cent.