Party games play­ing with our fu­ture

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

FOR­MER fed­eral Lib­eral MP Peter Lind­say has been outed as a rat in the ranks of the LNP’s bid to win the next state elec­tion. Mr Lind­say leaked pri­vate LNP polling to metropoli­tan me­dia out­lets late Fri­day in a bid to de-sta­bilise the lead­er­ship of the LNP’s John Paul Lang­broek. The pri­vate polling showed Bris­bane Lord Mayor Camp­bell New­man a bet­ter bet to lead the LNP into the next elec­tion, likely in Fe­bru­ary next year. Mr Lind­say, in ca­hoots with LNP pres­i­dent Bruce McIver, is mount­ing a cam­paign to lure Mr New­man to state pol­i­tics to en­sure the con­ser­va­tives win the next elec­tion. The LNP cau­cus has ev­ery right to pick and choose its leader. But what should concern the cit­i­zens of the state of Queens­land is why back­room men such as Mr Lind­say and Mr McIver have taken it upon them­selves to de-sta­bilise the party’s lead­er­ship within 12 months of the next elec­tion. This is clas­sic LNP pol­i­tics which will once again play into the hands of the La­bor Party. Two old war­lords, clearly past their use-by-date, try­ing to ex­ert their own form of in­flu­ence on the lead­er­ship. Lo­cal LNP can­di­dates David Crisa­fulli ( Mund­ing­burra), John Hath­away ( Townsville) and Sam Cox ( Thuringowa) are en­ti­tled to be an­gry with Mr Lind­say’s botched at­tempt at play­ing king­maker. Cr Crisa­fulli must now make a de­ci­sion on whether he wants to keep Mr Lind­say as his cam­paign man­ager. Cer­tainly if Mr Lang­broek has his way, there’ll be a change. One of the ma­jor dif­fer­ences be­tween the La­bor Party and the LNP in Queens­land is dis­ci­pline. The ALP has its squab­bles but they are kept in-house. The LNP has its ten­sions and they are splashed across the front page of news­pa­pers and be­come the hot topic on ra­dio talk­back. That type of undis­ci­plined, ego-driven ap­proach to gov­ern­ing – or not gov­ern­ing in this case – is the pri­mary rea­son the LNP hasn’t been elected to of­fice in 15 years. Queens­lan­ders want a strong, pol­icy-driven Op­po­si­tion that can take the battle to Premier Anna Bligh and give them an al­ter­na­tive lead­er­ship op­tion. They don’t want a fac­tion­alised, weak Op­po­si­tion that is run by face­less men with their own per­sonal agenda. For the umpteenth time, we is­sue a chal­lenge to the state mem­bers of the LNP. Ei­ther para­chute Camp­bell New­man or Shadow Trea­surer Tim Ni­cholls into the leader’s role now, or move on and give Mr Lang­broek the cer­tainty and con­fi­dence needed to be the al­ter­na­tive Premier. Ms Bligh and her La­bor Party col­leagues must be gig­gling. Mr Lind­say made a habit of back­ing the wrong lead­er­ship horse when he was a fed­eral Lib­eral MP. It seems like old habits die hard.

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