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".