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Queensland election: March 24

Anna Bligh has today announced the Queensland state election will be held on March 24, after the state's floods inquiry was recalled to hear what

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Anna Bligh has today announced the Queensland state election will be held on March 24, after the state’s floods inquiry was recalled to hear what Hedley Thomas of The Australian describes as “extraordinary new evidence that suggests the wrong strategy was used to manage Wivenhoe Dam days before Brisbane was inundated”.

Bligh explained today that it had been her intention to hold a poll on March 3, but she will now hold off until after the inquiry reports on March 16. This amounts to an effective campaign of over eight weeks (although she will not visit the Governor to officially call the election until February 19), which may be without precedent in Australia at least so far as past three or four decades are concerned. It had generally been thought that a long campaign would be in Bligh’s interests, as it allows an incumbent trailing by a long margin to hope that either the Opposition Leader or the party behind him might fracture under the pressure.

The state’s local government elections, previously due on March 31, will now be delayed until after Easter to allow for more clear air after the state election. It was reported earlier this month that the Electoral Commission of Queensland wanted a six months gap on either side of the council elections for logistical reasons.

For comprehensive details on each of the state’s 89 electorates, look no further than the Poll Bludger’s election guide.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, is one of the most heavily trafficked forums for online discussion of Australian politics, and joined the Crikey stable in 2008.

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120 thoughts on “Queensland election: March 24

  1. Greensborough Growler

    Hawke ran a very long campaign in 1984 which should have cured all of long election campaigns.

  2. William Bowe

    It did for a time, but Howard calculated the situation was different in 2004 and appeared to be vindicated. My point would be that a long campaign benefits whichever side has the more disciplined leader, be it the incumbent or the opposition.

  3. Lynchpin

    William, do you know how long Keating’s 1993 campaign was?

  4. Frank Calabrese

    [tennewsqldTEN News Queensland

    Ten News at 5: Anna Bligh & Campbell Newman talk live on the State Election. Plus have your say on who’ll you vote for on March 24.

    2 minutes ago FavoriteRetweetReply]

  5. steve

    LNP out a few cents and ALP in about a dollar since Thursday.

    https://www.tomwaterhouse.com/Elections.asp?cgroup=219301

  6. William Bowe

    Lynchpin, Keating called the election on February 7 – a day after Carmen Lawrence’s government suffered a less-bad-than-expected defeat in WA – and it was held on March 13. So only slightly longer than usual I’d think.

  7. steve

    I haven’t looked at Ashgrove before but for the record here it is.

    https://www.tomwaterhouse.com/Elections.asp?cgroup=219302

  8. Lynchpin

    [Lynchpin, Keating called the election on February 7 – a day after Carmen Lawrence’s government suffered a less-bad-than-expected defeat in WA – and it was held on March 13. So only slightly longer than usual I’d think.]

    Thanks William. Just long enough to confuse the electorate over the GST but not long enough to allow Hewson to explain it.

  9. steve

    Hewson was so hoarse that he could hardly speak or be heard let alone explain anything. This was how we found him in King George Square the day before the election. He had the smell of defeat about him just like Newman does.

  10. Lynchpin

    [Hewson was so hoarse that he could hardly speak or be heard let alone explain anything. This was how we found him in King George Square the day before the election. He had the smell of defeat about him just like Newman does.]

    Steve, do you seriously think Newman smells like defeat? Aren’t the polls saying 60/40 TPP in his favour?

  11. steve

    [Steve, do you seriously think Newman smells like defeat? Aren’t the polls saying 60/40 TPP in his favour?]

    For a man being watching free to do whatever he wants and free from parliamentary scrutiny it is what you would expect. He runs from scrutiny and the $5 Billion unfunded election promises will stop him.

  12. Lynchpin

    Steve, I hope you are right.

  13. steve

    I seriously think it will come down to a Seeney/Bligh showdown if Ashgrove goes against Newman.

  14. ruawake

    [Steve, do you seriously think Newman smells like defeat? Aren’t the polls saying 60/40 TPP in his favour?]

    There have been no relaible polls for yonks, we have had newspoll qtrly extrapolations, reachtel robo thingos, I suspect a legit Galaxy soon, maybe after the Aus Day weekend.

  15. steve

    It will be a funny sight if the National Party has to elbow Newman out of the way during an election campaign. That hasn’t been done since Springborg had to contend with Bruce Flegg during an election campaign.

  16. Lynchpin

    [I seriously think it will come down to a Seeney/Bligh showdown if Ashgrove goes against Newman.]

    The electorate will be voting as if Newman is the leader, and a winning leader, won’t they – so that the chances of a Seeney vs Bligh showdown won’t rteally eventuate.

  17. steve

    [The electorate will be voting as if Newman is the leader, and a winning leader, won’t they – so that the chances of a Seeney vs Bligh showdown won’t rteally eventuate.]

    Newman is a big risk of either exploding with his temper or imploding from being unable to handle the pressure of the campaign. I wouldn’t like to bet on which will happen first.

    It is a big step up from Lord Mayor of Brisbane to fighting a whole state government for their jobs. Scrutiny is the name of the game at this level and I have yet to see Newman withstand any pressure. He even avoided parliament completely for the past year has not answered one question, given no speeches, not had to work with backbenchers, etc.

    By definition now he will be pinned down in Ashgrove for most of the campaign we will see him in a lot different light to him swanning around the state promising answers closer to the election and making unfunded promised, walking away from press conferences etc.

  18. steve

    Antony Green is set for the bunfight.

    http://www.abc.net.au/elections/qld/2012/

  19. ruawake

    [Newman is a big risk of either exploding with his temper or imploding from being unable to handle the pressure of the campaign.]

    I reckon he will trip up on details. He is fine on message, off script – toast. The Qld media to their credit are attacking both sides.

  20. steve

    This example of Newman’s work shows why his poll figures are artificially inflated and shows the riskiness of the poll slide when everything promised has to be accounted for late in the campaign. The polling on Newman is all upside and the downside is all before him and tied

    [But the former Brisbane lord mayor, who said the plan would cost $9 million in lost revenue in the first year, would not reveal how an LNP government would pay for the scheme.

    “All our election commitments, as you know, will be fully costed and independently audited and provided prior to the election for people to consider,” Mr Newman told reporters.

    “There will be all sorts of things we will be committing to and reforms that we’ll be promising and they’ll need to be considered in an entirety prior to the election.”

    The state election is due in March next year.

    Treasurer Andrew Fraser said Mr Newman should be honest about where the funds would come from.

    “Now he’s hiding what job cuts he’ll enforce or what taxes he’ll increase to pay for his promises,” Mr Fraser said.

    “With his track record, he makes Milli Vanilli look honest and genuine.”]

    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8369343/lnp-offers-bonus-to-south-east-commuters

  21. aaronkirk

    anyone believing that Newman is going to be in a dog fight for Ashgrove has rocks in their heads, the consistent public polling from both Galaxy and ReachTel, as well as internal polling from both parties has Newman getting 50% of primary vote. ALP are no chance and Newman will be the new premier.

  22. Diogenes

    Just for the record, sportingbet has ALP $5.75 and LNP $1.12.

  23. ruawake

    [consistent public polling from both Galaxy and ReachTel]

    When was the last Galaxy poll in Qld? Has Reachtel shown a swing to the ALP in every poll they have conducted in Ashgrove?

  24. docantk

    HUNG PARLIAMENT! LNP 44 seats, ALP 38 seats, KAP 3 seats, IND 4 seats

  25. steve

    [anyone believing that Newman is going to be in a dog fight for Ashgrove has rocks in their heads, the consistent public polling from both Galaxy and ReachTel, as well as internal polling from both parties has Newman getting 50% of primary vote. ALP are no chance and Newman will be the new premier.]

    Yes and Springborg was consistently declared the winner of the last Queensland State election by every Tory who wandered in to tell us the way it all works. Come back on March 25 and tell me all about it. Did you see both party’s polling as a bonus? Reachtel is real scientific isn’t it. How do you know they are dialling Ashgrove mobile phones and not the phone numbers of young Liberals?

  26. steve

    Galaxy screamed a headline Campbell improves out of sight no doubt. Hare and tortoise or Chickens and hatching mean anything to a Tory?

    http://www.galaxyresearch.com.au/

  27. Joe6pack

    qld is not like nsw. not over or a shoe in .

  28. steve

    [the consistent public polling from both Galaxy and ReachTel]

    [Polling is currently underway for the Queensland State Elections.

    The latest advice has Campbell Newman on shaky ground in Ashgrove with support for sitting member Kate Jones rising.

    This was the seat the future would be premier was expected to walk it in.]

    http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2011/11/ashgrove-and-mt-coot-tha-polling-.html

  29. steve

    In Black and white.

    Kate Jones

    50.1%

    Campbell Newman

    49.9%

    http://www.reachtel.com.au/blog/ashgrove-polling-newman-vs-jones

  30. steve

    The Margin of error on a sample of 597 is 4%.

  31. steve

    Here’s one from a year ago.

    [What if he does not win the seat of Ashgrove?

    We can all get over the extraordinary circumstances being established here, where the Lord Mayor won’t get to be a state MP for even one day before becoming the Premier of Queensland – but seriously, what if he does not win?

    The LNP may run an entire election campaign based on the premise that Campbell Newman will be Premier and then we could end up with Jeff Seeney?

    The likelihood of this is not only possible, it is probable.

    The margin of the seat of Ashgrove is 7.1%.

    This would not even normally make the target seat list of a major political party during an election campaign.]
    http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/45494.html

  32. aaronkirk

    the poll on January 11 2 weeks ago by ReachTel in Ashgrove has the following primary figures

    LNP 50.8
    ALP 37.6
    Greens 6
    Katter’s Aus Party 4.4
    One Nation 0.7
    Others 0.6

    2PP LNP 54.8 ALP 45.2

    all polls by ReachTel since september have newman on over 50% of primary votes

    as i said earlier he is home and i for one will be taking the $1.12 and making a tidy profit

    http://www.reachtel.com.au/blog/campbell-newman-kate-jones-january-poll-remains-unchanged

  33. steve

    [i for one will be taking the $1.12 and making a tidy profit]

    Do what you like but there is no value there. Better to just get your pay and shred it – far easier.

  34. aaronkirk

    @ steve.

    i have seen internal data from both sides and it is consistent with both the Reachtel and galaxy polls in which have Newman’s primary vote in Ashgrove between a lowest point of 48% to a highest of 55%. the recent trend is a primary vote from the internal polls of both major parties being slightly lower than the Reachtel, but have been consistent between 48%-51% since November

  35. steve

    aaronkirk just put your paypacket here:

    http://twitter.com/#!/ChrisOBrienABC/status/162003237950603265/photo/1

    it will save you the angst of scratching your head for the next fifty years wondering why you backed a Tory to win.

  36. Frank Calabrese

    [aaronkirk

    Posted Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    @ steve.

    i have seen internal data from both sides and it is consistent with both the Reachtel and galaxy polls in which have Newman’s primary vote in Ashgrove between a lowest point of 48% to a highest of 55%. the recent trend is a primary vote from the internal polls of both major parties being slightly lower than the Reachtel, but have been consistent between 48%-51% since November
    ]

    Only a handful of people see internal polling.

    You it seems isn’t one of them.

  37. mexicanbeemer

    Yes Frank John Brumby the man you called a Liberal 😉 was great during the Black Saturday bushfires but was undermined by Christine Nixon

    I was very impressed in the manner that Anna Bligh handled the floods and later on I had the opportunity to hear a presentation by a member of the flood management team and the stories they told were very impressive.

  38. mexicanbeemer

    True very view people see the internals, I was surprised at how few do, during the last Victorian state poll I knew several people close to cabinet members and they had no more of an idea than many in here expressed. even on election eve.

  39. DavidWH

    It’s not only Galaxy and Reach Tel showing a comfortable win for the LNP as Newspoll results are showing similar results. However it’s QLD and anything is possible up hear as Goss found out in the 90’s. All the vibes I am getting is that the it’s time factor is so strong that it is going to take something special for Bligh to turn things around for Labor.

    Fraser and much of Bligh’s team are not held in high regard. Personally I think the more likely outcome if the LNP doesn’t win outright will be a minority government of some makeup which would be a worse result for the state.

    It may come down to how Newman handles the pressure of an election campaign although I suspect many people accept Bligh is the stronger leader/politician but have nonetheless lost confidence in her government. The desire for change is so strong that it will likely overcome just about anything short of a LNP implosion.

    Anyway we will find out soon enough now.

  40. DavidWH

    p.s. and remember QLD’ers still blame Labor for killing off our very own PM.

  41. Frank Calabrese

    No comment required:

    [

    australianThe Australian

    Here to help: Rudd’s plan for poll: KEVIN Rudd will immerse himself in a Queensland election blitz his supporter… http://bit.ly/woelgC

    43 seconds ago FavoriteRetweetReply]

  42. DavidWH

    No worries Frank we have Joyce to help Newman out 🙂

  43. castle

    [Personally I think the more likely outcome if the LNP doesn’t win outright will be a minority government of some makeup which would be a worse result for the state.]

    Personally I think minority governments of various makeups have produced some of the best governments we have seen with the exception of lib minority governments.

    The labor NSW VIC and SA minority govts were terrific in accountability and getting issues heard and passed that would not have been without the influence of the independents upon whom the govt relied. The minority lab govt in ACT works appears to work well.

    I remember the comment of one who said that the trouble with minority govt is that they have to justify every decision as an inquiry may and can be called seeking that justification as they do not have the numbers in the house.

    For the libs it does not seem to work as well, Nick found to his great anguish that he could not ignore the independents in his crusade to rid the state of corruption. The QLD lib minority govt lasted one term, the Tas one didn’t do too well either.

    Would love Newman to be in minority govt to work with the Katter party and three or four other independents. 18 months of Newman gnashing his teeth. pulling the last of his hair out, trying to work compromises and meet the individual demands whilst being subject to intense parliamentary scrutiny.

    Would show in all practical terms what Gillard has achieved and what the libs can’t do.

  44. Leroy

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/elections/more-assets-could-be-up-for-sale-after-poll/story-fnbsqt8f-1226253840784

    [More assets could be up for sale after poll
    by: Annabel Hepworth
    From: The Australian
    January 26, 2012 12:00AM

    A FORMER Queensland Investment Corporation chairman has declared there is room for further asset sales after the March 24 state election. ]

  45. Leroy

    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/bligh-gives-gillard-breathing-space-20120125-1qhv9.html

    [Bligh gives Gillard breathing space
    January 26, 2012
    Opinion
    Phillip Coorey]

    Worty a look, not as much hyperventilation as The Oz on QLD today. Overrates the actual leadership chances of Rudd to some extent by implication (I now think its less likely than ever) talking about machinations on hold, but points out various other State & Federal aspects.

  46. Leroy

    http://tinyurl.com/83jws5l (click Google link)

    [Smart timetable allows debate, ensures a campaign slog for opponent
    by: Peter Beattie
    From: The Australian
    January 26, 2012 12:00AM

    ANNA Bligh has set the right election tone for Labor by announcing a state election date of March 24.

    This enables the flood inquiry report to be publicly released before Queenslanders vote. It also means a long election campaign that in effect starts today, even though the Premier will not visit the Governor until February 19.]
    more in the article

  47. steve

    Bligh has actually made it very easy for Newman when he loses Ashgrove to go straight back and apply for his old job as Lord Mayor of Brisbane. The date for the Brisbane City Council election to make Newman Lord Mayor of Brisbane is yet to be decided. The voters were always keen for him to do the job at City Hall and will support him again I’m sure. I doubt whether Premier Seeney or any of the Nationals will plead with him to come back after the way he ousted JPL and Springborg from their jobs.

  48. Luckydave

    Newman needs to rule out a plan B run for lord mayor immediately, or the corrosion to his state campaign will be terminal. While he’s at it he should also rule out a run for PM next.

  49. Greensborough Growler

    If doubts persist about Campbell winning Ashgrove then the inevitable questions about what would happen will dominate the election.

    Could imagine a picture of Newman morphing into Seeney by George would scare a few of the punters.

  50. DavidWH

    Bligh’s election strategy is clear. Smear Newman and hold fear of a hung parliament.

    Could work if people are still listening to her.

  51. steve

    AndrewFraserMP Andrew Fraser
    Many Qlders will recoil as Newman politicises appointment of independent CMC Chair. Begs question of who/what he has secretly promised
    27 minutes ago AndrewFraserMP Andrew Fraser

    Connolly-Ryan, Police Union MOU? Newman is overruling Seeney interfering in a parliamentary process as a non MP. What does @jplangbroek say?
    19 minutes ago

  52. William Bowe

    [Bligh has actually made it very easy for Newman when he loses Ashgrove to go straight back and apply for his old job as Lord Mayor of Brisbane.]

    I’d been big on the idea that Labor could run in Ashgrove saying: “Vote for Kate Jones and keep her, Bligh and Newman – the latter will go back to city hall where you wanted him all along, Clem Jones-style. But if you vote for Newman, all you’ll only get is Newman – Jones and Bligh will be on the dole.” This was spoiled of course by the timing of the two elections. But now it’s not.

  53. steve

    I can see the average National Party member sitting back applauding and cheering loudly as an unelected Big city Liberal upstart tramples all over their processes and authority. But it doesn’t really matter because the National in charge of the committee is only from the Gold Coast so who cares?

    [Campbell Newman says the Government should not be making appointments so close to the poll.

    “Will there be an agreement from the Premier to not seek to appoint people to some significant positions around the state, for example I can reveal that they’re trying to push through an appointment of a new head of the CMC … now we don’t agree with that happening,” he said.

    Attorney-General Paul Lucas says the Opposition has been given the opportunity to interview the Government’s nominee.

    “The law provides that any nominee of the Government for the chair of the CMC has to be supported by bipartisan majority of the parliamentary committee, which is chaired by Alexander Douglas an LNP Member of Parliament,” he said.]

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-26/lnp-attacks-new-cmc-appointment/3794292?section=qld

  54. steve

    The thing that Newman being a big head doesn’t understand is that Queensland has always been ruled by someone other than him, Ashgrove has always been represented by someone other than him. Both will be represented as Premier and Member for Ashgrove with someone other than him. Even worse news for him if all the hype from the LNP and their cheersquad at the Courier Mail is to be believed the Tories are going to win the election so easily that nobody need vote for Newman at all. Jeff Seeney can just make the transition from Opposition Leader to Premier in the usual way Australia, Queensland and Ashgrove has always operated.

  55. steve

    Centrebet Ashgrove Electorate – Winning Candidate
    NEWMAN, Campbell (LNP) 1.16
    JONES, Kate (Labor) 4.75
    ANY OTHER CANDIDATE 21.00

  56. GhostWhoVotes

    Galaxy Poll Queensland State (800 Voters)

    Two Party Preferred: ALP 41 (+3) LNP 59 (-3)
    Primary Votes: ALP 32 (+4) LNP 49 (-1) GRN 10 (0) KAP 4 (0)
    Bligh: Approve 43 (+2) Disapprove 50 (-3)
    Newman: Approve 48 (+1) Disapprove 37 (0)
    Preferred Premier: Bligh 40 (0) Newman 49 (-2)

  57. steve

    So Galaxy has every figure for Newman Inc on a downhill slide probably a case of too little to late for Labor with three years of being mugged by a major political Party who still deny the Global Financial Crisis have personalised every public mistep by the Premier.
    Katter may well be beginning to cut into the LNP vote too as country Queensland look at the City led Newman credentials point and laugh.

    Labor won an estimated 50.6% two party prefered vote at the last election so this Galaxy poll has them down 9.6% which at present would be a loss of :

    Everton ALP 1.4%
    Broadwater ALP 2.0%
    Cook ALP 2.2%
    Barron River ALP 2.3%
    Toowoomba North ALP 3.2%
    Whitsunday ALP 3.2%
    Southport ALP 3.5%
    Townsville ALP 4.0%
    Springwood ALP 4.1%
    Cairns ALP 4.2%
    Mansfield ALP 4.4%
    Ferny Grove ALP 4.5%
    Kallangur ALP 4.6%
    Pine Rivers ALP 4.6%
    Mount Ommaney ALP 4.8%
    Burleigh ALP 4.9%
    Pumicestone ALP 5.0%
    Mount Coot-tha ALP 5.3%
    Redcliffe ALP 5.6%
    Mount Isa ALP 5.7%
    Brisbane Central ALP 6.0%
    Albert ALP 6.5%
    Mundingburra ALP 6.6%
    Greenslopes ALP 6.9%
    Ashgrove ALP 7.1%
    Murrumba ALP 7.2%
    Stafford ALP 7.3%
    Keppel ALP 7.6%
    Bulimba ALP 7.8%
    Mulgrave ALP 8.1%
    Thuringowa ALP 8.5%
    Yeerongpilly ALP 8.7%
    Morayfield ALP 9.1%
    Algester ALP 9.2%
    Stretton ALP 9.5%
    Ipswich West 9.6%

  58. steve

    OOps, acknowledgement to Antony Green for the election pendulum.

  59. Leroy

    http://andrewelder.blogspot.com/2012/01/why-queensland-election-matters.html

    [26 January 2012
    Why the Queensland election matters
    The Queensland election is to be held on 24 March, and it should be of no interest to anyone who doesn’t live there. It matters because it is a better indication of the 2013 Federal election than any other election to be held in this country before then:]

  60. DavidWH

    The Galaxy result was a little better than I expected.

  61. DavidWH

    Anyone else noticed the increase in QLD government advertisment on TV recently?

  62. steve

    Interesting view from yesterday’s Australian Financial Review:

    [Mr Katter has not said his party would be making any preference deals with the other sides but said nothing would change in Queensland if the LNP won power.

    “You can’t get change in Australia by changing governments the only thing you can do is change what governments do when they get in there,” Mr Katter said.]

    http://afr.com/p/national/katter_eyes_federal_election_rDSsD6synzYToQB3Ly0LGP

  63. steve

    Tencb Cathy Border
    .@LNPQLD logan candidate quits over 2003 case as then police officer in spitting incident @Campbell_Newman @TheQldPremier
    1 hour ago

  64. steve

    The second LNP candidate in three weeks has quit and Journalist are starting to get jack of these Late Friday night LNP bad news announcements. Not sorry for what he did apparently but very sorry he got caught out.

    LNP candidate for Logan, Peter Anderson-Barr, quits after smear campaign

    by: Koren Helbig
    From: The Courier-Mail
    January 27, 2012 7:13PM

    Peter Anderson-Barr was to contest the Logan for the LNP bowed out for ”personal reasons”. Source: The Courier-Mail

    ANOTHER LNP candidate has been chopped from Campbell Newman’s election team.

    Police officer and Army Reserve warrant officer Peter Anderson-Barr was to contest the Logan seat but bowed out today for “personal reasons”.

    An LNP spokesman said Mr Anderson-Barr had become aware of a “Labor Party smear campaign” against him, relating to a 2003 incident while he was working as a police officer at the Surfers Paradise watchhouse.

    “In that incident Mr Anderson-Barr retaliated against an offender who spat on him,” the spokesman said.

    “He resigned as he did not want to put himself and his family through the stress of a relentless personal attack from Labor.”

    Mr Anderson-Barr did not return calls today, but tonight his profile on the Can Do website had been removed.

    It came just two weeks after LNP candidate for Broadwater Richard Towson was dropped after being charged with drink-driving.

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/lnp-candidate-for-logan-peter-anderson-barr-quits-after-smear-campaign/story-fnbt5t29-1226255703063

  65. steve

    Fifty years of brawling beteen the Liberals and the Nats and no letup in sight.

    [Mr Newman said he wouldn’t be discussing who would sit on his front bench but confirmed LNP MP for Gregory Vaughan Johnson and others had expressed their interest.

    He said it would be presumptuous to say who would be picked, because the LNP had to get across the line first.

    But he added: “Regional Queensland, particularly west of the divide, must be represented [in cabinet], and I advise people in those areas that should we win government, they will be represented.”

    He denied the issue was proof of ongoing division and conflict within the LNP.

    Earlier, Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser said Mr Johnson and other experienced LNP MPs Howard Hobbs and Mike Horan were being passed over by Mr Newman and the party’s parliamentary leader Jeff Seeney because of their support for former leader Lawrence Springborg.

    “Vaughan Johnson, Howard Hobbs and Mike Horan all have cabinet experience from the Borbidge years, but Campbell Newman’s petty backroom politics saw them dumped immediately,” he said.

    “Now it seems that Vaughan has taken a stand, telling the ABC this morning that he has no intention of being a humble backbencher should the LNP win government, as Mr Newman has told him he will be.”

    “Vaughan is scorned and he’s telling Mr Newman or whoever could potentially lead the LNP that he will not stand for anything less than a cabinet post. This is just another example of the torrid infighting the LNP is famous for.”

    Comment was being sought from Mr Johnson.

    Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/lnp-leader-newman-denies-party-divisions-20120127-1ql1p.html#ixzz1keSyGPLY

  66. WeWantPaul

    I cannot believe how much rubbish I’ve heard from the ABC on Bligh and last years floods.

    If the ABC isn’t getting serious money from someone they have sold their souls for nothing.

  67. steve

    Pretty LNP campaign photo:

    http://twitpic.com/8c6cjt

  68. steve

    LNP red face:

    MichaelCrandon Michael Crandon MP
    “Bundy Rum” drivers excuse takes cake “It was raining so hard I didnt see the blue wheelchair painted on the bitumen!” pic.twitter.com/avUO1Pem
    5 hours ago

  69. steve

    I hope nobody ever tells the Queensland National Party that there has been a Global Financial Crisis and any effect it has on the Queensland economy in the next three years will be blamed on Premier Seeney just like they have blamed all the GFC ripple effect on Bligh.

    [The Fed forecast growth of up to 2.7 percent this year, up to 3.2 percent next year and up to 4 percent in 2014, but at the end of that period, the central bank projected that the recovery would still be incomplete. Workers would still be looking for jobs, and businesses would still be looking for customers.

    “What did we learn today? Things are bad, and they’re not improving at the rate that they want them to improve,” said Kevin Logan, chief United States economist at HSBC. “That’s what they concluded — ‘We’ve eased policy a lot, but we haven’t eased it enough.’ ” ]

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/business/economy/fed-to-maintain-rates-near-zero-through-late-2014.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=business

  70. steve

    The candidate for Ashgrove in full acrobatic mode:

    [CAMPBELL Newman has stumbled on the campaign trail again, backtracking on his call for the Premier to pay her own way to Cyclone Yasi commemorations.

    Critical on Thursday of Anna Bligh’s plans to use the Government jet to fly north early next month, Mr Newman yesterday conceded it was “fair enough” given she had been officially invited as Premier.

    The backflip came one week after the LNP leader botched his own jobs announcement, distancing himself from a pledge to create 420,000 new jobs that he had made only two days earlier.

    The latest gaffe came as he again demanded the Bligh Government enter caretaker mode immediately – instead of on February 19 – accusing it of using the perks of office to campaign.]

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/newman-in-backflip-on-bligh-plane-use/story-fnbt5t29-1226255882881

  71. steve

    I thought that only Queensland Labor Premiers could lose their AAA rating:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-14/france-loses-aaa-credit-rating/3772580

  72. steve

    Cheerleading pompoms and all from the LNP loudest supporter. Will she be rewarded witha plum job after the votes are counted?

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/newman-learns-to-build-bridges/story-fnbt5t29-1226255797327

  73. steve

    Katter reckons he will win seats in the FNQ.

    [FEDERAL MP Bob Katter says his Far Northern candidates are capable of a clean sweep in the state election, insisting his new party will only get more popular between now and the March 24 ballot.

    Premier Anna Bligh yesterday described Katter’s Australian Party as a “wild card” in the election, pointing to opinion polls that show the fledgling political force nabbing up to 24 per cent of votes in some seats.

    But Mr Katter has higher numbers in his sights, and says early opinion polls haven’t favoured the party as much as voters are going to.

    “You’d have to give us a fairly good chance of taking a clean sweep in the Far North,” Mr Katter said in Cairns yesterday.]

    http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2012/01/27/202701_local-news.html

  74. steve

    Flood alert for Roma.

    [The Bungil Creek is expected to rise to a possible height of 6.7m by noon.

    Residents in low-lying areas are advised to be prepared, to move belongings to higher ground where possible and to exercise extra caution on local roads.]

    http://tools.cairns.com.au//feeds/feed-story.php?news_id=50390721

  75. steve

    Townsville Bulletin:

    [NORTH Queensland will have a paediatric intensive care unit open at Townsville Hospital by July.

    The Bligh Government has committed $8.75 million to provide employment for 30 people, including paediatric intensive care specialists, nurses and other staff in the standalone, dedicated unit.]

    http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/

  76. steve

    Gladstone dredging report is out.

    [Latest water quality test results for Port Curtis show no evidence that dredging is having any impact on water quality, nor any link between water quality and fish health.

    The Department of Environment and Resource Management today released a report on water quality sampling carried out in November and December 2011.

    Director General Jim Reeves said dissolved metal concentrations were lower in October, November and December compared with the initial samples taken in September.]

    http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/gladstone

    http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/story/2012/01/27/no-impact-dredging/

  77. Leroy

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/elections/campbell-newman-blindsided-by-jockeying-for-spoils-of-government/story-fnbsqt8f-1226255818948

    [Campbell Newman blindsided by jockeying for spoils of government

    by: Michael McKenna and Sean Parnell
    From: The Australian
    January 28, 2012 12:00AM

    CAMPBELL Newman has endured his most testing day since becoming leader of Queensland’s merged conservative party, as tensions erupted among old-school Nationals jockeying for promotion and a state election candidate was dumped over a nine-year-old altercation at a police watchhouse.]

  78. steve

    Bundaberg Labor Candidate:

    [THE Labor Party has finally announced its candidate to run in the seat of Bundaberg.

    Elliott Heads single mother-of-two and hospitality worker Cindy Hyland will take on incumbent LNP member Jack Dempsey in the upcoming election.

    The ALP had been slow to name a candidate for the upcoming election, sparking speculation the party was having difficulty filling the spot.

    The seat was one of the last in the state to attract a candidate from the ALP.]

    http://www.news-mail.com.au/story/2012/01/27/alps-bundaberg-candidate-revealed/

  79. steve

    Looks like the usual LNP Lora Norda campaign will fall flat this election.

    [MARYBOROUGH’S prison has reportedly reached full capacity.

    In this week’s Hervey Bay District Court sitting, Judge Hugh Botting asked why 20-year-old offender Dean Ryan Johnston had spent his pre-sentence custody in Brisbane rather than Maryborough.

    The barrister took a moment to speak with his local instructing solicitor Kade Eames and replied “I am told the answer is simple – Maryborough is full”.]

    http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/story/2012/01/27/no-room-for-offender-in-prison-brisbane-court/

  80. steve

    Gympie business is reacting quite badly to the prospect of Premier Seeney leading Queensland.

    [THE economic news was far from all bad this week, as Gympie Region businesses continue to hold their own against some very negative world trends.

    The graph shows confidence remaining flat with slightly weaker trading results.
    Courtesy- Gympie Regional Council

    THE economic news was far from all bad this week, as Gympie Region businesses continue to hold their own against some very negative world trends.

    The news came with two reports, the Gympie Regional Council Business Confidence Survey results and the moderately encouraging ANZ Small Business Sales trends report.

    Although 75% of Gympie businesses reported they were treading water or experiencing some weakening of business conditions, this included 28% who said things were “about the same”.

    With 25% who had experienced “somewhat stronger” or “much stronger” performance, the “glass half full” brigade showed that 53% had experienced stable or improved conditions.

    Sentiment about the future also showed a reasonably balanced spread of expectations, with 45% expecting things to remain “about the same”.]

    http://www.gympietimes.com.au/story/2012/01/28/no-boom-but-gympie-stable-region-economy/

  81. steve

    Last time the Nationals were weeping, sulking and sooking because of an early election – now Horan cries crocodile tears over a long election campaign.

    [Mr Horan said during his 21 years as the Member for Toowoomba South, he had never witnessed such a long and drawn-out election campaign.

    Normally 26 days, this year the unofficial campaign will last almost 60 days.

    Mr Horan said the length of the campaign had the potential to harm the Labor Party’s chances of re-election.

    “I don’t think people like a long, drawn-out election campaign and I don’t think (Ms Bligh) has treated the voters with respect,” he said.]

    http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2012/01/28/campaigns-length-could-harm-labor/

  82. steve

    Mount Isa view of state politics from North West Star:

    [One candidate who was feeling less sure about his political future was Queensland Party member Jim Nicholls. The party was deregistered following the merge with Katter’s Australian Party.

    Mr Nicholls said he wasn’t sure if he would be able to run under the Queensland Party banner by March 31.

    He said he would make a decision in the coming days.]

    http://www.northweststar.com.au/news/local/news/general/let-the-campaigning-begin/2434396.aspx

  83. steve

    AndrewFraserMP Andrew Fraser
    We know the date for BCC election so why is the ratepayer funded photo of Graham Quirk on page 1 of @FinancialReview ok @Campbell_Newman?
    52 minutes ago

  84. steve

    All the experienced Nations sacrified by city upstarts? Back in the good old days the Nationals would have had their own leader, now they are just a dog’s body contolled by a wagging Liberal tail.

    [A COUNTRY versus city divide continues to dog the LNP, with former National Vaughan Johnson decrying the lack of bush politicians on Campbell Newman’s frontbench.

    The Gregory MP yesterday insisted “it doesn’t all happen in the southeast corner” as he demanded more rural MPs be elevated to the ministry if the Liberal National Party won.

    Mr Newman yesterday denied Mr Johnson’s comments were proof of continuing divisions within the merged LNP, saying he “totally agreed” that regional Queensland should be represented on George Street.]

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/plea-to-give-bush-pollies-a-go/story-fnbt5t29-1226255782505?sv=b79ae5862a771c43b91fe5124336539d

  85. steve

    Michael Leunig the popular Australian cartoonist described the Queensland LNP attitude well in this poem. Madonna King could fire up the LNP cheersquad with a rousing rendition on ABC radio perhaps?

    [They took him on a stretcher
    To The Home for the Appalled
    Where he lay down in a corner
    And bawled and bawled and bawled
    “There’s nothing wrong with me”, he wailed
    When asked about his bawling
    “It’s the world that needs attention,
    It’s so utterly appalling:
    IT’S SO UTTERLY APPALLING”
    He sobbed and cried and called.
    And the chorus rose to join him
    At The Home for The Appalled.]

  86. steve

    orenhelbig Koren Helbig
    .@stevenwardill says Newman might’ve thought 7 years in council was prep for state politics but looks “like an Under-7 trying to play NRL”.
    58 minutes ago

  87. steve

    Business backing LNP .

    [Queensland’s business community has had enough. After decades of being the fastest-growing state with the lowest taxes and the envy of their peers in NSW and Victoria – many of whom made the move north to also bask in the economic sunshine – the past three years have been a shock.

    While all states were affected by the slowdown in the global economy in late 2008, Queensland’s economy was hit particularly hard, especially the property and tourism sector, which are still struggling to get back on their feet.

    The loss of the much-vaunted AAA credit rating in early 2009 was a crucial turning point for both the business community and Queensland voters in their attitude to the Bligh government. To be lumped on the same credit rating as the minnow states of South Australia and Tasmania was the final straw for many in the resource-rich state.

    As Queensland prepares for a marathon eight-week election campaign ahead of the March 24 poll, the influence of the state’s key business leaders is demonstrated as they switch their allegiances to the Liberal National Party.]

    http://www.afr.com/p/national/businesses_abandon_labor_ship_wANkUEXNe7JXMgo7SnkUHK

  88. steve

    LNP has one detailed policy – park wherever you like. Pedestrian crossings and parking spaces for people with a handicap seem to be their favoured spots.

    http://twitpic.com/8cl1kb

  89. steve

    Cairns Base Hospital bunfight.

    [Calling the first media conference of her election campaign yesterday to make the name-change announcement, Cr Lesina insisted health would be her top priority if elected.

    Although Labor has not committed to upgrading Cairns Base Hospital’s funding status if re-elected, Cr Lesina hopes a review into hospital funding will recommend lifting CBH to the top funding tier.

    She said she would also push to cut the waiting list for cataract surgery and join Barron River MP Steve Wettenhall’s campaign to install a urologist in the Far North’s public health system.

    Her announcements yesterday drew criticism from the LNP’s Cairns candidate, Gavin King, who pointed out the Opposition had already pledged to lift the hospital’s funding status to tier one.

    “I’m not sure that dropping the word ‘base’ has anything to do with the problems plaguing our health system in Cairns,” Mr King said.

    “The real issue is funding for the services we provide.”

    Mr King said he “won’t stop” until Cairns Base Hospital is made a tier one facility – a promise criticised by Labor as a “$200 million thought bubble” that hasn’t been properly costed and runs contrary to national funding arrangements.]

    http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2012/01/28/203015_local-news.html