Newman has 'got the message'
Premier Campbell Newman promises to "do the right thing in the future" after the LNP suffers a crushing defeat in the Redcliffe byelection. Nine NewsPT1M21S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-33b5c 620 349 February 24, 2014
The LNP president has conceded the government had been sent “a clear message” in the wash-up from Saturday’s byelection, with a 17.2 per cent swing in Labor’s direction.
But Bruce McIver said he didn’t believe the Redcliffe result would have “any bearing elsewhere”.
Speaking to 612 ABC Brisbane, Mr McIver said Queensland would see a “more consultative” approach from the government in the future.
Premier Campbell Newman is yelled at by a protester after leaving the Humpybong state school in Redcliffe where he was supporting local LNP candidate Kerri-anne Dooley. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
“The Premier acknowledged on Saturday evening that some of the issues that the government has had to tackle, maybe they haven’t listened close enough to the people or moved too quickly for the people,” Mr McIver said.
“But Campbell acknowledged that on Saturday evening and I think you’ll find that the Premier will adjust going forward.
“... You’ll find they will be out there listening more and telling the people what they have done and achieved for every Queenslander, the benefit for every Queenslander, the costs will be lower than they would be under Labor, any Labor government going forward because of the good work we have been doing.”
Party faithful watch a television report at the post election function for LNP candidate Kerri-anne Dooley in the Recliffe byelection. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
With 5000 postal votes still to be counted, Mr McIver said it would be “interesting” to see where the swing result settled.
But he said he wasn’t concerned the Redcliffe result would be replicated across the state when the general election is held, sometime early next year.
“I don’t think it has any bearing elsewhere, we all know the issues, the major issue that was there,” he said.
Redcliffe byelection on February 22 2014
Redcliffe's Labor candidate Yvette D'Ath votes in the byelection. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
“Now we have a clear message, myself and the Premier and the team, and we will be adjusting things as we go forward to make sure we get the message across to Queenslanders of the wonderful job that Campbell Newman and the team are doing.”
But he said he was concerned over behaviour he witnessed at polling booths, describing it as “unAustralian”.
“I don’t mind a bit of friendly heckling, but it just went too far,” he said.
“There were seven registered unions in this campaign plus the ALP, so we fought eight groups in other words and a lot of the things that happened on the polling booths were unAustralian, would be my term.
“... I think that the people were intimidated, some ladies were intimidated, they were told by these supposed firemen that their houses might burn down because Campbell Newman was shutting fire stations down, which is not true, we are not shutting fire stations anywhere. So it was an intimidating process on Saturday.”
Labor state secretary Anthony Chisholm retaliated by calling “the past two years of LNP governing”, unAustralian.
“What we saw on election day is a direct result of the decisions this government have made,” he said.
“Newman has divided Queensland. It is very unusual for the Labor party to have doctors standing beside us telling people to put the LNP last. But this is as a result of the decisions the Newman government have made.
“I never saw any behaviour that the LNP are talking about, but in the last term for the Anna Bligh government I saw people protesting some of the decisions they made. Newman needs to accept responsibility for his decisions and people are out there in a democracy, expressing their view.”
Mr Chisholm said the Redcliffe result was a “massive shot in the arm” for the Labor party, which would finish pre-selecting for the state’s 89 seats over the next two months.
“We’ll have a good mix, it will be rank and file ballots and we’ll have a good selection of people from across the community,” he said.
“There will be experienced candidates, but also, more importantly, there will be some fresh blood from the community and that is fantastic.”
Mr Newman, who has travelled to Mission Beach for community cabinet, was heckled by protesters upon his arrival in north Queensland.
But he said he “would not rest” in his mission to “turn this state around”.
“This isn’t a government that has ever rested, that has ever gone slow, it is a government that is turning the state around, economically and in terms of the government,” he said.
“That is what I can assure people about this team. We don’t rest, we don’t take it easy, we are passionate Queenslanders who want this to be the best state in Australia.”
Pre-selections for both major parties are expected to be completed soon, with the majority of the second half of the year focused on the upcoming general election.