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Reform ain't easy, says Newman

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Amy Remeikis

Campbell Newman and Tony Abbott at the LNP annual conference.

Campbell Newman and Tony Abbott at the LNP annual conference.

Reform is "difficult", Premier Campbell Newman acknowledged to his captive audience at the LNP annual conference, but worth it.
Continuing a theme he established after returning from holidays and historically low polling, Mr Newman reiterated his assertion his government had pushed through a decade's worth of reforms in just under two and a half years.
In a reflective speech, which focused more on accomplishments achieved rather than difficulties still to be faced, Mr Newman said he was "incredibly proud" of his team, singling out Health Minister Lawrence Springborg for particular praise.
The performance of the public health department is considered one of the government's shining lights, and with it now attempting to reboot and repackage how it sells it's message, health was the focus of at least four press conferences last week.
Mr Newman acknowledged there had been "some arguments along the way" within his team, but they'd made it through.
"Reform is difficult but every single thing that we have done has been about making this a better state.
"Every single issue we have had to deal with has been about the cause of a better Queensland for Queenslanders.
"Now we've got the runs on the board but more importantly we actually have a vision for this state that goes beyond the next election.
"It goes out 30 years into the future.
"...Sadly the alternative is the waste and chaos of Labor."
With Labor launching Anthony Lynham's campaign in The Grange, Mr Newman seized on the opportunity to doorknock residents in Wilston with the LNP candidate Bob Andersen, leaving the conference to head into the suburbs.
But excitement levels are low for the July 19 poll, with Labor expected to easily take the electorate and gain their ninth member in parliament.
Mr Newman acknowledged Mr Andersen was the "underdog", but said voters "did not have to a protest vote" and should "look at what the government has done".

27 comments

  • Yes Like killing the Arts.

    Commenter
    bob shaw
    Date and time
    July 13, 2014, 2:27PM
    • Rubbish!!

      Commenter
      Becy
      Date and time
      July 13, 2014, 3:38PM
    • Newman's first move was to drop the Premier's Literary Awards. He has slashed arts funding and made artists leave Queensland because the government is so neanderthal and against really any kind of freedom of expression rather than for it.

      Hang out with some artists Becy. Make sure you tell them what a great fella the Great Reformer is.

      Commenter
      Here we Joh again
      Date and time
      July 13, 2014, 3:57PM
    • And true artists got together and organised their own Literary Awards instead. Which was a brilliant effort and probably much more satisfying and sustainable for them because they weren't just bludging off the government and taxpayers anymore and having to grease up to politicians and promise to vote for them like they did under Labor. No doubt there are still a few second rate lazy artists around who wish they were back in the good old bludging free lunch Labor days but good on Campbell Newman for forcing genuine artists to face up to reality and take ownership of their future

      Commenter
      Me
      Date and time
      July 13, 2014, 4:42PM
  • Yes, thanks for your advice Newman, we will look at what your government has done - the record unemployment levels you have caused, the flagging consumer confidence your policies have created, your lies and deceit, your sacking of thousands of government workers after promising them that they did not need to fear you, your throwing of the elderly out of their homes, your cutting important programs to help young people find work, and your ignoring of the majority of Queenslanders when they say they do not want public assets sold off. Yes, there's lots for us to consider. If I were you, I would stop such "bragging".

    Commenter
    LNP=No record to be proud of
    Date and time
    July 13, 2014, 2:28PM
    • Newman is our Ayatollah of Queensland. How can we have an open debate in the Kafka-like atmosphere of secrecy and cronyism of Joh-style politics!

      Commenter
      Brin
      Date and time
      July 13, 2014, 4:15PM
  • Newman, no-one is fooled by your "for the good of Queensland" crapola. You stuffed up Brisbane City Council, and you are stuffing up Queensland big-time. Your modus operandi and policies have never been in the best interests of the ordinary everyday folk. You were able to hide behind your puffed-up façade in Brisbane City Council, but you are now exposed for the dud that you always have been. Newman, you are not a leader nor are you up to the job of good governance in the best interests of all Queenslanders. You are untrustworthy, dishonest in your lies and a disgrace. On your bike, Newman.

    Commenter
    Marion says
    Date and time
    July 13, 2014, 2:30PM
    • Yes, rolling back civil unions and canning the literary awards while employing ministerial staffers with an imperfect command of professional tone, grammar and syntax on salaries upward of $90K was clearly for the good of Queensland. We should be *so* grateful.

      Commenter
      Shaslik
      Date and time
      July 13, 2014, 2:31PM
      • No pain no gain. Such tree word's

        Commenter
        ian
        Date and time
        July 13, 2014, 2:54PM
        • What?

          Commenter
          Chris
          Date and time
          July 13, 2014, 3:58PM

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