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Q: How does the LNP snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

Feeling a little 'red-faced', Campbell?

A: Give the leader’s job to this bloke

I’m reluctant to buy in so heavily on the Queensland election. For two reasons:

1) It’s no big deal who wins this unless you’re a Queenslander, and even then …

2) It’s Iain’s blog and I don’t want to upset him … too much.

Nonetheless, I think it really needs to be said: The appointment of an untested parliamentary outsider like Campbell Newman as opposition leader may yet backfire on the hybrid Queensland conservative party, that bears the oxymoron name of ‘The Liberal National Party’ (LNP).

Like, what were they thinking, and don’t they know that city councillors are often up to their necks in graft and corruption? Especially when it concerns giving dubious approvals to developers of high-rise buildings in heritage listed areas. And especially when it comes out that the developer gave a series of donations to Newman’s election fund via a string of related companies just weeks before the controversial approval was given … by a Brisbane City Council controlled by Liberal Party members including Newman, who was the mayor!

Does anyone hear alarm bells ringing? And is anyone reminded of the ‘brown paper bag’ days of Joh Bjelke Petersen, the last conservative Queensland Premier who, um, enjoyed a good relationship with certain (white-shoed) developers too?

Newman’s ‘excuse’ is that the approval was recommended by ‘independent’ town planners, so there’s nothing untoward in the councillors rubber-stamping what the planning staff put before them. Yeah, right. So the staff were beyond reproach too?

The fact is that councillors and staff usually meet in briefing sessions BEFORE any recommendations are made and BEFORE they are formally put up at a council meeting. It’s often the case that if a council makes it clear to their planners at these private meetings that they’re in favour (gung-ho in favour) of approval then the staff usually, um, adjust their thinking. After all, they value their jobs. No stand over tactics from Campbell though? No, he’s a saint.

And now it’s come out that Newman’s mayoral re-election fund manager (a mate, no doubt) received a 37 per cent cut of all donations over a two-year period. Wow, that’s generous:

Liberal National Party (LNP) leader Campbell Newman is still being dogged by questions about his re-election fund when he was Brisbane’s mayor.

The Australian newspaper is reporting the man who ran Mr Newman’s mayoral re-election fund received a 37 per cent cut of all donations over a two-year period.

The paper says donors were not aware his commission was so high.

Mr Newman was in the Brisbane seat of Mt Coot-tha this morning to announce increased teacher aide hours for 600 prep classes.

However, he refused to answer questions about the fund and threatened to end the media conference when he faced continued questions about his family’s financial interests.

“I’m going to wind this up if people don’t have questions about education,” he said.

He says the matters are all on the public record.

The LNP might still get out of this with a win. They’re well in front in the polls and Labor has had a pretty good innings up there since Joh’s demise. And, let’s face it, they just hate Gillard so much and now, after the second knifing of their favourite son Kevin Rudd, Queenslanders are probably going to vote along federal lines even more so than usual.

But … Newman might not be the Premier, as he still has to take a seat off a sitting ALP member with an 8% majority and maybe, just maybe, the people in that seat will think again.

I mean … would you buy a used car from this man?

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14 Comments

  1. Normal person says:

    Ray Dixson… labor party stooge

  2. Ray Dixon says:

    Wow, that was quick. The post was up all of 2 minutes before you commented, ‘NP’. Btw, you’re wrong. On 2 counts:

    1) I’m no stooge of the ALP. I don’t like Gillard. And I don’t care if Bligh wins or loses.
    2) Learn to spell someone’s name before you type it.

  3. Iain Hall says:

    Ray given the way the Polls have been consistently showing Labor headed to a very sound defeat in the election up here I think that the only apt response to your post is Yer dreamin mate!:

  4. Ray Dixon says:

    given the way the Polls have been consistently showing Labor headed to a very sound defeat in the election up here I think that the only apt response to your post is Yer dreamin mate!

    Iain, I think you missed my closing comments to the post, being:

    The LNP might still get out of this with a win. They’re well in front in the polls and Labor has had a pretty good innings up there since Joh’s demise …..
    But … Newman might not be the Premier, as he still has to take a seat off a sitting ALP member with an 8% majority and maybe, just maybe, the people in that seat will think again.

    I mean … would you buy a used car from this man?

    So would you, Iain? Would you trust this highly suspect little bloke?

  5. Iain Hall says:

    He is a genuine and honest man Ray and yes I would buy a used car from him 😉

  6. Ray Dixon says:

    Maybe Queenslander’s have a different idea of what makes a “genuine & honest” person, Iain, because that bloke comes across as a total phoney.

  7. Iain Hall says:

    Given the fact that he is the alternative to Anna Blight I think that you are over reaching a bit here Ray.
    Unlike you I can feel the local mood and it certainly isn’t pro Labor.In fact even those who normally vote Labor are sick of Bligh and co.

  8. Ray Dixon says:

    I can feel the local mood and it certainly isn’t pro Labor

    I don’t doubt that for one moment, Iain, and I’ve made it clear in the post (and in my comments to you since) that I think the LNP will win. But how am I “overeaching” to suggest this growing controversy surrounding little Campbell will not have some impact on the result, albeit that it might mean Newman himself struggles to gain a spot in Parliament? That’s a real possibility. It’d be a fitting result too and a warning to all parties not to go to the ridiculous length of drafting in a leader from outside who doesn’t even have a seat. Who would the LNP go for as leader if that happens? Maybe ‘the Borg’ will be Premier after all!

  9. dave hall says:

    Andrew Frazer is a proud man. His back stabbing of Mr. Newman is paying off.

    It’s just more dirty politics from the ALP. There is nothing new here and like all the press they’re just dragging up the rubbish.

  10. Ray Dixon says:

    there is nothing new here

    It’s certainly “new” information as far as the general public is concerned, Dave. Newman’s past as a councillor and his business dealings are entirely relevant to the election – it goes to his character – and, as he is now proposing to become Premier of the State, it’s appropriate that both the media and the ALP look into it and bring it out.

    Btw, who is Andrew Frazer?

  11. dave hall says:

    No it’s not, they’ve been throwing this same guff for the last 6 months .
    Andrew Frazer the duty premier is the the one giving the info to the press.

    It’s been on all the air waves up here, 4bc and abc, and I think people are just over it.

    Is it a crime for people to be successful because Mr. Newman is already one ?

    So once again the press will not do their job and get the facts, as it’s already on record.
    Thanks,

    Dave

  12. Ray Dixon says:

    they’ve been throwing this same guff for the last 6 months

    Yes, since Newman became leader of the opposition they’ve been highlighting his questionable past. What’s wrong with that?

    Is it a crime for people to be successful

    Of course not, if it’s all above board. That’s a meaningless question, Dave.

    it’s already on record

    What’s “on record”, Dave, and where? Do you have a link to this “record” that puts Newman in the clear? If it exists then Newman himself and the LNP would surely point to it. The question is … can you?

  13. Deliverance of Kingaroy Hills says:

    I think Queenslanders are quite capable of making the appropriate decisions in their own state elections?

  14. Ray Dixon says:

    Yes, ‘Deliverance’ (*), and your point is ……………….. ?

    (* We have a few ‘Deliverance’ types in the hills around here too)

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