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