Seeney wants top job: Bligh

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

PREMIER Anna Bligh has ac­cused the Lib­eral Na­tional Party’s in­terim leader Jeff Seeney of eyeing a per­ma­nent spot des p i t e t h e p a r t y p r e - a n o i n t i n g C a m p b e l l New­man for the role.

The com­ments came as the LNP pair again had to ex­plain who would choose the new shadow cabi­net.

Ms Bligh told par­lia­ment Mr New­man, who’s set to be­come the op­pos i t i o n ’ s e l e c t i o n a n d par­ty­room leader af­ter his pre­s­e­lec­tion on April 4, would strug­gle in Ash­grove.

She said it was very likely he’d lose to En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Kate Jones.

Ms Jones has a mar­gin of more than seven per cent.

T h a t m e a n t v o t e r s could not be cer­tain that a vote for the LNP was a vote for Mr New­man, and ‘‘ wily old fox’’ Mr Seeney may in­stead end up as their premier if the LNP won, she said.

Mr Seeney has in­sisted that sce­nario won’t hap­pen, say­ing he didn’t want to be premier and t h e l e a d e r woul d b e cho­sen in a par­ty­room meet­ing if Mr New­man was not elected.

Jeff Seeney

Mean­while, a Newspoll shows La­bor is con­tin­u­ing a re­mark­able turn­around amid spec­u­la­tion of an early elec­tion.

The poll, taken be­fore J o h n - P a u l L a n g b r o e k quit the LNP lead­er­ship this week, shows La­bor’s pri­mary vote surged 12 points to 38 per cent in the Jan­uary-March quar­ter, while the LNP’s fell eight points to 37 per cent.

The re­sult would be enough to hand La­bor a com­fort­able win af­ter pref­er­ences and is a huge re­bound from last year when Ms Bligh and her team lan­guished in the polls.

But nei­ther Mr Seeney nor Mr New­man would com­ment on whether the poll jus­ti­fied their new strat­egy.

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