Campbell Newman promises ‘ can do’ leadership
SNIDE government attacks have not dampened the confidence of Queensland’s newlook opposition, which has declared Campbell Newman will be the next premier.
Opposition leader Jeff Seeney, who is warming the chair until Brisbane’s lord mayor can take the spot, faced a fiery day in parliament as government members attacked the unorthodox plan.
Mr Newman will take up a role as the LNP’s election and party-room leader once his preselection is secure, which is expected to happen in the next fortnight.
Premier Anna Bligh said the extraordinary situation had rendered Queensland’sparlia mentarysystema ‘ ‘ national j oke’’ and described Mr Seeney as ‘‘ nothing more than the vessel through which the will of Campbell Newmanwil l pass’’.
She said the Opposition had outsourced its leadership to an unelected person who would call the shots over democratically elected MPs because they lacked the talent to do the job themselves.
But Mr Seeney said he was happy to fill the position for a ‘‘ can-do’’ future premier as he bellowed at Labor MPs that ‘‘ Campbell is coming’’.
‘‘ They ( Labor) know their days of maladministration are coming to a close as one of the best recognised civil administrators in Queensland’s recent history makes the transition from local government to state govern- ment,’’ he said. ‘‘ We are not frightened of fighting an election any time when we can put Campbell Newman up against Anna Bligh.
‘‘ The people of Queensland get a choice between Campbell Newman and his can-do reputation and Anna Bligh and her can’t-do reputation.’’
Mr Newman said the only way the conservatives could win the election was with him as leader.
‘‘ All the pundits and commentators are saying it’s a risk,’’ he said. ‘‘ Yes, it is a risk, but we are doing it because it’s the only way we can get rid of this Labor government.’’
But Treas ur e r Andrew Fraser said Mr Newman had shown he was a ‘‘ supreme egotist’’.
‘‘ This has nothing to do with the people of Brisbane, the ratepayers of Brisbane or the people of Queensland,’’ he said. ‘‘ This is all about one man’s view of himself and his destiny.’’
OUT AND ABOUT: Campbell Newman kisses babies and speaks with shoppers in Ashgrove
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