Queensland Premier Campbell Newman. Photo: Glenn HuntPremier Campbell Newman does not believe he needs to change his leadership style – and neither does his Cabinet.
At least publicly.
Analysis of the government’s most recent Newspoll and ReachTEL poll results shows that Mr Newman’s approval rating is intrinsically linked to the falling popularity of the government, with voters no longer discerning between their satisfaction with the premier’s performance and whether he is doing a good job as leader.
Mr Newman said he would not alter how he led the state.
“I will be the way I have always been which has been about working for Queenslanders,” he said.
On Sunday, Mr Newman took advantage of the LNP’s Stafford campaign launch to speak to the media about his strong leadership credentials.
“I am the guy who got us through the Brisbane floods, the Gap storms in 2008, made sure that the people of Bundaberg were looked after and, particularly, got those people off those roof tops,” he said.
“That’s the sort of strong leadership you get from Campbell Newman and will continue to get from Campbell Newman, dealing with disaster, whether it is man-made or natural.”
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk responded by saying Mr Newman had “arrogantly” claimed credit for the work of others, name checking the SES and police as “the people out there who save people’s lives”.
“This is not the results of one man,” she said.
But as Mr Newman headed into his weekly Cabinet meeting on Monday morning following the launch of NAIDOC week at Parliament House, he was all smiles.
With Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and Treasurer Tim Nicholls rounding out his trio of power, Mr Newman said his government remained “a very can-do one”, particularly he said, when it came to health.
“Look the government has done things always with the best interests of Queenslanders at heart and I ask you to look at the results, better performing hospitals, better performing schools, we’ve got a massive reduction in crime across Queensland so it’s a safer place for families and the trains are running on time,” he said.
“All the things we’ve done have been about getting Queensland going.”
And while falling polls has resulted in some quiet unrest about Mr Newman’s style, publicly his ministers lined up to support their leader.
“I think the premier has demonstrated great leadership qualities throughout his time, not only as Lord Mayor of Brisbane, but also as Premier of Queensland,” Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said.
“It’s been re-assuring and inspirational to have the premier so involved at times when Queensland has faced difficult circumstances, such as natural disasters, he’s been the premier in a government that has restructured the Queensland public service, we’ve made measures to control the budget and we have put Queensland on a sound footing for the future and I think we have made great changes across a range of portfolios that will make a difference to Queensland’s future.”
Transport Minister Scott Emerson said it just came down to the sell.
“The reality is we have been delivering on what we promised to do which is clean up Labor’s mess, stop the debt and deficit that Labor left us and revitalise frontline services,” he said.
“Over the next nine months we will be out there selling that message, even stronger than we have in the past, but Labor’s only plan is to bring back the same MPs that caused the problems in the first place.”
Communities Minister David Crisafulli agreed.
“Whenever you embark on change there will always be those who rally against it because of self interest, but overwhelmingly, the state, is run a hell of a lot better than it was two years ago,” he said.
While Energy Minister Mark McArdle spoke of “bringing the people of this state along with us”.
“I think without any doubt the Premier is a strong leader. We need, however, to bring people of this state along with us. They need to understand what we see is our vision for Queensland, that they are an integral part of that outcome,” he said.
“With them we can make the state stronger and stronger for them, their children and their grandchildren.”
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