Premier Newman refusing to answer questions

OPINION: Newman's LNP is in a mess of its own making

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman is not just in for the battle of his political life this weekend, he has committed the cardinal sin of looking desperate under pressure.

He shouldn't be here.

The damage left by 12 years of Labor Government should be front of mind after just one term of the LNP, particularly given their paltry size in Parliament.

For the past three years, Newman's team has outnumbered the ALP in Parliament about eight-to-one.

We have no upper house, so the petty squabbling and back-room deals done by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to appease angry Senators is not an issue here.

The LNP has had full, unchecked power for three years with almost no-one to challenge it.

Unions and voters put offside by public service sackings, the bikie crackdown or perceived party arrogance have become thorns in the government's side.

With Premier Newman refusing to answer key questions in the final week of the election campaign, preferring instead to parrot his own 'Strong Choices' line, what should have been a niggling wound may prove terminal.

Every appearance on television, the government appears under pressure.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk appears relaxed. She appears ready for the top job.

Given that Newman is vastly superior in the art of politicking, campaigning and persuasion, it's a ridiculous situation.

Voters have no stomach for politicians at the best of times.

But when the LNP Government took power, it squandered goodwill in record time.

After promising transparency and integrity, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie introduced "urgent" changes to legislation to water down the ALP's same-sex marriage laws rushed through before the 2012 election.

It was introduced without warning at 8.44pm on Wednesday June 20, after the television news bulletins. No consultation with the committee that helps hone these laws.

The next morning, the LNP agreed that it had to be passed before Parliament wound up for the day. At 7.30pm on Thursday, discussion started up again.

On Friday, Queensland woke up to the new laws in place.

The LNP had campaigned on changing the laws, even had a mandate for it, but opted to rush it through rather than face public discussion or scrutiny.

Speaker Fiona Simpson then banned television crews from the Parliamentary floor for a month after they filmed protesters in the gallery, as they rallied against the change. It felt like petty revenge.

These were minor events in the first moments of a new government, yet every misstep since then, every angered group, has ensured that bygones just won't stay bygones.

An Opposition cannot go from having just nine seats to governing, and expect to have a united and competent team. The numbers just won't add up. Familiar faces are being resurrected from the former Bligh Government.

This campaign should have been an easy win for the LNP.

But with Premier Newman wrapped up in defamation suits, wild allegations of Labor's bikie links and a surprisingly unruffled Opposition, the LNP may be trying to snatch victory from the already locked jaws of defeat.

 



More eyes in the skies as drone program launches

More eyes in the skies as drone program launches

ETC job seekers are taking to the skies for work

Police warn Tweed drivers following fiery crash

Police warn Tweed drivers following fiery crash

Police warn drivers to remain vigilant after horror accident.

Doing this while driving will cost you 10 demerit points

Doing this while driving will cost you 10 demerit points

Police will be clamping down on this behaviour that costs lives

Local Partners