WE'LL PARTY LIKE IT’S 2009 AT CAM­PAIGN HQ

The Courier-Mail - - QUEENSLAND DECIDES - TRENTON AKERS

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.

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