Crisa­fulli re­vealed as a king- maker

Townsville Bulletin - - LNP leadership change - by Martin Rasini martin. rasini@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.

David Crisa­fulli

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