New­man to wal­lop Bligh

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

THE en­vi­ron­ment is shap­ing up as a key bat­tle­ground in Queens­land’s next elec­tion as a new poll shows the Lib­eral Na­tional Party’s Camp­bell New­man is set to wal­lop Premier Anna Bligh.

The first poll since the Bris­bane lord mayor an­nounced his switch to state pol­i­tics shows Queens­lan­ders would de­liver the op­po­si­tion an ex­tra 33 seats in a land­slide vic­tory.

A Sun­day Mail Galaxy Poll showed Mr New­man had lifted the Lib­eral Na­tional Party’s two-party pre­ferred vote to 58 per cent, over La­bor’s 42 per cent.

Mr New­man, who will be in­stalled as the op­po­si­tion’s party room leader once his state nom­i­na­tion is val­i­dated on April 3, recorded 51 per cent sup­port in the pre­ferred premier stakes com­pared with Ms Bligh’s 38 per cent.

The poll also shows Mr New­man would win his con­tested seat of Ash­grove, de­spite the 7.1 per cent mar­gin held by the in­cum­bent En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Kate Jones.

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