Crisafulli revealed as a king- maker
TOWNSVILLEdeput y mayor David Crisafulli has been named as one of the key behind-the-scenes operatives in the demise of former Opposition leader John-Paul Langbroek and the ascension of Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman.
Cr Newman, speaking on ABC radio yesterday, said Cr David Crisafulli had been ‘‘ very vocal behind closed doors and saying ‘ Campbell, you need to do this’.’’
Yesterday, Cr Crisafulli described Cr Newman as a ‘‘ remarkable man’’.
‘ ‘ Li ke a nyone with an interest in local government, I see Campbell Newman as a shining star,’’ Mr Crisafulli said yesterday.
On Tuesday, Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek and his deputy, Lawrence Springborg, resigned their posts and Mr Newman said he would seek preselection for Ashgrove and then the LNP’s leadership.
CrCrisafull isaid Mr Newman not only had explained a vision for infrastructure to his community, but also had delivered on it.
However, Thuringowa MP CraigWallacesaid Mr Newman had acknowledged he had little time for state government. he also said Mr Newman had a less than satisfactory record on infrastructure delivery, and his political plans treated Ashgrove voters with contempt.
Cr Crisafulli said he had known and respected Mr Newman for many years and had encouraged the Brisbane lord mayor to enter state politics. ‘‘ Among people in localgovernment,Mr Newman is more than liked, he is revered,’’ Cr Crisafulli said.
‘‘ He knows, understands and cares about regional Queensland, is not Brisbanecentric, and would bring a breath of fresh air.
‘‘ Also, we have seen him fulfil his vision for infrastructure delivery.’’
The deputy mayor said his comments did not detract from his support for Mr Langbroek.
‘‘ They have shown that they are willing to put aside personal ambition to support the rise of a man who would make a great leader,’’ he said.
Mr Wallace, however, said there was no guarantee Cr Newman would win the seat of Ashgrove and it was arrogant for the Opposition to believe he could become leader.
‘‘ It is taking the Ashgrove voters for granted,’’ he said.
‘‘ If Mr Newman becomes premier and Legacy Way ( a $ 1.7 billion toll tunnel to be funded by Brisbane ratepayers) fails in the same way as Clem 7 has failed, it will beruralandregional Queenslanders that will be bailing the project out,’’ Mr Wallace said.