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Shorten heads on Queensland scavenger hunt

By AAP Newswire

Bill Shorten will be hunting for more than just Easter eggs when he campaigns throughout Queensland this week.

As the federal election Easter ceasefire took effect on Sunday, the Labor leader spent the afternoon leading Brisbane kids on a scavenger hunt.

He jokingly promised the kids a "fair go" with their finds before being pulled into line by wife Chloe.

But Mr Shorten will be hoping there is more than just chocolate in his basket come election day on May 18.

He flies north to Townsville on Sunday night as he prepares to launch a blitz of the sunshine state.

Labor's Cathy O'Toole holds Herbert by just 0.02 per cent after winning by 37 votes last time around.

Mr Shorten is hoping to sandbag the ultra-marginal electorate before stealing seats from the coalition.

While the coalition holds 21 of 30 federal Queensland seats, there are a swag of marginals up for grabs.

Labor is targeting eight seats the LNP holds by less than 6 per cent, while trying to save three of its own.

The political leaders agreed to pause their election efforts on Sunday, but Mr Shorten was briefly dragged into the fray by a group of young girls demanding action on climate change.

"We won't let you down," he told them.

Climate change also cropped up when Mr Shorten and his family attended an Easter church service.

He and Chloe were joined by their three children Georgette, Rupert and Clementine for the Anglican mass.

Chloe's parents, former governor-general Quentin Bryce and her husband Michael, also attended the suburban service.

Queensland public servant Robert Harrison, 41, was impressed with what he heard after chatting to Mr Shorten after mass.

"He gets it - he's talking about doing something about climate change - and being less divisive and polarising about it," Mr Harrison told AAP.

But while climate action may play well with inner-city voters, the Labor leader may need to change his tune up north.

The Adani coal mine will come into sharp focus during his visit, and the state Labor government's reluctance to approve the project is creating a slight headache for their federal peers.

As well as Cathy O'Toole's seat of Herbert, the Adani mine is also a major issue for voters in the central Queensland LNP-held seats of Capricornia and Dawson.

But the issue is not as politically charged in and around Brisbane, where Labor is targeting more marginal seats, including Peter Dutton's electorate of Dickson, which the Home Affairs minister holds by 1.7 per cent.

On the sidelines of the Easter event, Mr Shorten stopped briefly to reflect on the day.

"To me it doesn't matter what god you worship - or if you worship none," he told reporters.

"A day like today is about family, it's about having time out to reflect."

Mr Shorten urged those on the roads to drive safely, and thanked those working over the holidays.

Thirty minutes before the Easter truce took effect at midnight, Mr Shorten unveiled a $118 million package aimed at struggling veterans and their grieving families.

While the coalition is unlikely to quibble with the extra support, it is likely to criticise the 11th hour timing of the announcement, which also comes days out from Anzac Day.