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Newman ministers support their leader


Amy Remeikis

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman Photo: Glenn Hunt

Stay the course and re-double efforts to sell the government’s message – that is how Newman government ministers have responded to polling which puts the LNP behind Labor for the first time since its landslide win in 2012.

The latest Newspoll, published on Monday in The Australian, shows Labor leading the LNP 51 per cent to 49 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.  Primary support for the government has dropped to 32 per cent.

The poll showed support for independents and minor parties, such as the Palmer United Party which has emerged as a major thorn in the Newman government’s side, as growing.

Premier Campbell Newman’s performance rating has also dropped, but so has Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk's. Mr Newman still leads Ms Palaszczuk as the preferred premier by four points.

The results, at least eight months out from the next election, are still considered “manageable” by senior LNP figures, but they were enough to send its ministers into damage control.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney made a pre-emptive strike on radio, telling 612 ABC Brisbane that Mr Newman still had the support of the government.

But he added there was a “real challenge to make the case to the people of Queensland that the changes we’ve put in place over the last two years are now bearing results”.

Ministers, filing into the Executive Building for the weekly Cabinet meeting, picked up Mr Seeney’s baton.

“I think that the Newman government has done a fantastic job of turning around Queensland’s economy,” Mines minister Andrew Cripps said.

“That is very much our focus going forward and I think we set great foundations to be able to turn around some of the terrible financial legacies that have been left behind by the previous Labor government.

“Obviously we have to improve on our communications, but I think the achievements of the Newman government, right across service delivery as well as providing a platform for economic growth into the future are very sound.”

Transport Minister Scott Emerson said he believed the people of Queensland “understood” the challenges the government faced.

“People understand we have a lot of hard yards to do to clean up Labor’s mess,” he said.

“We do have a plan for the future, Labor’s only plan is to bring back the same MPs that caused the mess in the first place.

“...People understand that we have a strong plan for a bright future for Queensland, we have to clean up Labor’s mess.  We are getting on with the debt and deficit, revitalising frontline services and people understand that.  They understand that we have had to make strong choices to do that

“...People understand that we have to deal with the debt and deficit.  We do have a plan for Queensland’s future.  Labor has no plan at all. “

Education minister John-Paul Langbroek said the government would begin doubling down on its efforts to sell its good news story.

“It is obvious that we just need to keep working on the things we are doing in an individual departments to get the message out about our plan for the future,” he said.

“We’ll just keep going the way we are going and I know we’ll get there – the people of Queensland know this is a strong government with a good plan.

“It is obvious we need to re-double our efforts and we are going to do that.”

Tim Mander, the housing minister, said he believed it was only a matter of time before people realised the government had made the right decisions.

“I think you’ll find as we get closer to the election, that people will find that we are the only side of politics that does have a stable plan and a plan for the future and I am sure people will understand that,” he said.

While Energy Minister Mark McArdle said it was “clear” the government “have not sold out message often or strong enough” and that would change.

“We all know Labor had to go, we need to work much harder on a daily basis to tell people what we have done right across this state,” he said.

“The fact is this – we haven’t sold our message properly, nor have we sold it often enough.  We will double our efforts yet again to make certain that we do.”

Together Union state secretary Alex Scott said the latest Newspoll was indicative of the electorate’s mood – and that the government needed to start taking PUP seriously.

“We know that statewide polls are deceiving in Queensland.  We know that greater Brisbane region is deeply opposed to the current government and does not deserve to get re-elected, and while this is also true of North Queensland, the LNP support remains strong in other parts of the state.  There will not be a uniform swing but the LNP can lose enough seats in Cairns, Townsville and the South East to lose government,” he said.

“As with all polls the use of a two party preferred analysis of the difference between the LNP and ALP is meaningless as there is no basis for assessing how the preferences of the PUP supporters will flow, or even if they will give preferences in the state election.  We can say from this and other published polls that the state election is too close to call and that It will be decided by Palmers preferences.

“Campbell Newman and Tony Abbott are now engaged in a race to the bottom to see who can be the most unpopular politician in Queensland.”

- with AAP

62 comments so far

  • Well, more fool LNP ministers. The entire LNP line-up is an absolute disgrace. None of them deserve to be re-elected come the election.

    Marion says
    Date and time
    June 30, 2014, 11:01AM
    • The LNP are fools if they aren't considering a leadership change but the ALP cant be too smug either. So far they have only had to sit back and let Campbell and Bleijie shoot themselves in the foot over and over to get to this position. At some point they need to demonstrate that they are ready to govern again.

      Date and time
      June 30, 2014, 12:20PM
    • In my opinion, this poll shows people arent necessarily voting ALP its more so a vote against LNP. They need to wake up and put their arrogance to one side - but i doubt that will happen.
      Hey Cambo, whats the unemployment rate???

      Iggle Piggle
      Date and time
      June 30, 2014, 1:04PM
    • The number of bad decisions, the graft, the lack of transparency, environmental vandalism etc... It all adds up, the only reason they aren't polling even worse is Labor are anonymous, and that's partly down to the LNP changing campaign funding rules in their favour.

      Date and time
      June 30, 2014, 1:32PM
    • Party loyalty requires these ministers to publicly back Newman. In private though, many of them barely conceal their disdain for him. Wonder how long he has got left before they ditch him?

      Date and time
      June 30, 2014, 4:08PM
  • Mr Emerson told the ABC the LNP is the only party with a plan for Queensland's future and is getting on with the debt and deficit left by Labor....

    of course he would say that..... as they are the only party that has thus so far has led us into oblivion with their own lies deceit and destruction.

    Read more:

    Date and time
    June 30, 2014, 11:17AM
    • Yes they're getting on with the debt and deficit alright. Creating even more of the same while selling profit bearing assets to their party donating mates for short term gain and long term public pain. We've already had a credit downgrading beneath this brainless mob of rusted on right wing ideologues.

      Date and time
      June 30, 2014, 12:19PM
  • The LNP Ministers don't have a choice but to publically support their "Leader"..
    Anyone who criticises, speaks out against the LNP (Newman & Bleijie) or just doesn't agree are labelled crackpots, bikie associates or just given the brush off.

    Election time QLD & Goodbye LNP.

    I'm 50 years old & have always voted Liberal / LNP But never again will I make this mistake State or Federally.

    Date and time
    June 30, 2014, 11:23AM
    • LNP and Liberals really have to be more careful who they put forward, having a whole front row of cretins was not a good idea. Labour expecting to be out for the long term have been left to the shrill flakey fruit loops to run the place, only to be caught on the hop with the credibility crash caused by Abbott. And goodness knows what Clive Palmer stands for.

      Brizzy Mike
      Date and time
      June 30, 2014, 12:10PM
    • One thing Aussie voters don't like is the beginnings of a far right wing dictatorship which we have under Newman. Tony Fitzgerald over the weekend sent out a very strong message worth reading. Newman has abused the power he has through a massive majority but the voters always get it right in the end and it would appear that we will see democracy restored at the forthcoming election. Concentration of absolute power in the likes of Newman is very dangerous indeed. Even today his Ministers cannot see the freight train coming down the track - they speak with arrogance and nonchalance. Voters have very long memories Mr Newman.

      Date and time
      June 30, 2014, 12:30PM

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