‘ Can do’ gets rave re­views

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CAMP­BELL ‘‘ Can Do’’ New­man tak­ing over the LNP lead­er­ship from John Paul Lang­broek?

There’s more sup­port for it out in the bread-and-but­ter heart­land where peo­ple ac­tu­ally work, vote, and watch daily as the LNP fails to make any real gains on the Bligh gov­ern­ment.

Mr Lang­broek and his sup­port­ers may well have to take up fight­ing po­si­tions if they want to fend off a chal­lenge from Bris­bane’s highly re­garded lord mayor.

The MPs mightn’t want it, but they might dis­cover that party mem­bers think it’s a pretty good idea. Cr New­man hasn’t just got sup­port from Libs in the leafy sub­urbs. Na­tional Party Bundy drinkers also reckon he’s got the goods. Dur­ing an idle few mo­ments yes­ter­day, I phoned two in­land may­ors to hear what they thought of Cr New­man tak­ing over as LNP leader. Cr John Molony, Mayor of Mount Isa, was so ef­fu­sive in his praise of Cr New­man that half­way through the con­ver­sa­tion I had to pull him up and ask him if he had a se­cret crush on the Bris­bane lord m a y o r . C r M o l o n y d e c l a r e d dead­pan that he did not have a crush on Cr New­man, and then to prove he was as red-blooded as they come, went on to say that he was in­deed an ar­dent ad­mirer of the fairer sex. In fact the for­mer head stock­man and rodeo rider be­came po­etic and sprouted t he l i nes ‘‘ women are the but­ter­flies that adorn God’s gar­den, and de­light the eyes of men’’. Yes, be­neath Cr Molony’s flinty ex­te­rior beats the heart of a poet.

Top of the pops

CR Molony said the mat­ter of lead­er­ship was up to the LNP, but as f ar as he was con­cerned, Cr New­man was top of the pops. The Bris­bane lord mayor, he said, was ‘‘ a shin­ing star on Aus­tralia’s po­lit­i­cal hori­zon and would be an as­set to any party which could cap­ture him’’. He didn’t stop there.

‘‘ He’s a good man,. He’s en­er­getic, loaded with com­mon sense and char­ac­ter. He’s ar­tic­u­late and has an ex­cel­lent attitude. He’s got an en­gi­neer­ing and a mil­i­tary back-

May­oral praise

THE sec­ond in­land mayor I spoke to put it like this: ‘‘ I’d strongly sup­port Camp­bell New­man. He’s done a hel­luva good job in Bris­bane. I’ve seen him at a lot of lo­cal g o v e r n me n t c o n f e r e n c e s a n d what’s im­pressed me is that he al­ways seems to have a good, broad knowl­edge of what’s hap­pen­ing in the smaller, in­land shires. He doesn’t try to come over like he knows it all and un­like a lot of politi­cians, he doesn’t try to tell us what we should be do­ing.’’

Cow­ley claws back

IT’S hard yakka get­ting the word

Jetty jit­ters

There is in­creas­ing spec­u­la­tion a b o u t t h e L u c i n d a j e t t y a n d whether or not it will be avail­able ter­day, Cal­lan said the town was still buzzing over the visit from the s e c o n d - i n - l i n e t o t h e t h r o n e . ‘‘ Ev­ery­one’s got a smile on their face and ev­ery­one who comes into the shop has a story to tell about it,’’ he said.

I men­tioned in a story last week that the sausages were made from Drought­mas­ter cat­tle bred on the Blen­ner­has­sett fam­ily’s Goshen Sta­tion up on the Kir­rama Range. They are not Drought­mas­ters. They are Brah­man-Santa Gertrud­is­cross cat­tle.

Lost lures

CAL­LAN told me he went fish­ing off Card­well on Sun­day, but lost all of his lures to ‘‘ freight train’’ mack­erel and bluefin tuna.

Rough treat­ment

THE prince in the end didn’t try one of the lo­cal snags. There has been a sug­ges­tion that some of the vis­it­ing me­dia were so out of con­trol that the prince’s min­ders weren’t keen on him go­ing out to where Lions club mem­bers had set up the bar­be­cues. In­deed. our pho­tog­ra­pher Fiona Hard­ing was on the re­ceiv­ing end of some pretty rough han­dling by one of the vis­it­ing male snap­pers. In or­der to get the shot he wanted he picked her up by the straps of her cam­era bag back­pack, shook her, and tossed her aside. It wasn’t the first time she’s run into rough treat­ment when in the thick of a me­dia scrum, but it was the worst. Her story is on Page 12.

Cool coun­cil­lors

THE only com­plaint I’ve heard about the prince’s visit is one about In­n­is­fail-based Cas­sowary Coast Re­gional Shire coun­cil­lors be­ing in­side the air-con­di­tioned com­mu­nity hall while the old-timers who dearly wanted to see the prince were left to sweat it out out­side in t he sun. Mayor Bill Shan­non maybe, but why did the other coun­cil­lors have to get in on the act? Any other time, you’d be flat out try­ing to drag a coun­cil­lor down to Card­well with a su­per­charged D8.

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