WE'LL PARTY LIKE IT’S 2009 AT CAMPAIGN HQ
MALCOLM Turnbull and Campbell Newman will make their first appearances of the state election campaign at the LNP party launch on Sunday.
The Prime Minister, who suffered another blow in the polls this week, has stayed away from Queensland during the first two weeks of Tim Nicholls’ campaign.
Acting Prime Minister Julie Bishop (below) and Scott Morrison are the only high-profile federal MPs to make an appearance on the campaign trail alongside LNP candidates.
It is understood former Premier Campbell Newman will attend the event after he was invited by the party, but will also be fulfilling his commitments as a commentator for Sky News.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has consistently attacked Mr Nicholls’ role as treasurer in the Newman government and his desire to sell off the state’s assets as a strategy during the campaign.
Mr Nicholls was coy yesterday when asked whether Mr Newman would make an appearance on the hustings, hinting that he wanted to keep his distance from the former premier.
“I don’t think we’ll be seeing Campbell other than on Sky,” Mr Nicholls said.
Asked earlier in the week whether federal MPs such as Tony Abbott and Mr Turnbull would help out during the campaign, Mr Nicholls said he would “welcome” their support, but had had not made any arrangements.
“I think you are better off asking them, they are the ones who know their own calendars more,” he joked.
The Courier-Mail this week revealed former prime minister Abbott had fielded requests from several LNP candidates asking him to campaign alongside them.
Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten joined Ms Palaszczuk in Maryborough last week.