Seeney wants top job: Bligh
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.
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.