Queensland now a 'better state': Newman
Premier Campbell Newman says the LNP has achieved "ten years worth of reform" in two years and will soon be "the lead economic state in Australia".PT2M45S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3bpc8 620 349 July 10, 2014
Queensland has undergone a decade’s worth of reform in just over two years, Premier Campbell Newman said, arguing the state is in a "much better place" than it was under Labor.
Mr Newman acknowledged that governments with reformist agendas created enemies but again reiterated it was in the state’s best interests.
The Premier returned from his holidays determined to sell the LNP’s “good news stories” after facing the worst polling in his government’s short history. Each day this week Mr Newman has made a health related announcement but has been reluctant to engage on issues outside of the day’s chosen announcement.
Premier Campbell Newman and Treasurer Tim Nicholls review the budget papers. Photo: Glenn Hunt
The new staying quiet communication policy is aimed at raising the government’s prospects in the 2015 election in an attempt to starve off the possibility of a hung parliament.
Following the latest Newspoll, Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said the government may have attempted "too much, too soon" after long years in opposition.
But Mr Newman said he would not be changing how he led the government.
Speaking to 612 ABC Brisbane, Mr Newman named education, the budget, economic growth, job creation, cranes in the skyline, health, crime reduction and trains running on time as some of his government’s successes.
“This has not happened by accident, it has happened because this government has acted to deal with the issues which were holding us back,” he said.
“... I think the results speak for themselves, frontline services have been revitalised, the state’s finances almost sorted out in terms of the operating deficit issue – I mean in the next financial year, 15/16, for the first time in over a decade, this state will not have to borrow money.
“That is an amazing achievement for this government.”
Mr Newman said helping people remained the chief reason he “got out of bed in the morning”.
With an election expected in nine months' time, rhetoric from both the government and the Opposition has stepped up dramatically.
Government ministers are quick to point out Labor lacks policies, while the Opposition is just as fast to point to the LNP’s “broken promises”.
But both are in agreement that the 2015 election remains a choice between the two major parties despite growing support for the option presented by Clive Palmer’s party.