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 QLD: Campbell Newman returns to the LNP

03.05.21.  Former Queensland premier Campbell Newman has made a stunning comeback to the Liberal National Party with his election on Friday to the powerful organisational post of trustee. The man who won one of the biggest election victories in political history in 2012 and then lost government and his own seat barely three years later has been given the job of protecting and building the party’s $40m in cash and assets.
Mr Newman declined to comment when contacted by The Australian.

Source: Jamie Walker , News Corp

Campbell Newman’s comeback to the LNP
But LNP acting president Cynthia Hardy said: “Campbell is a successful investment and property manager, and he will bring significant skill and experience to the LNP’s investment portfolio.
“As Lord Mayor, he established the City of Brisbane Investment Corporation, which has now grown to be worth more than $300 million. As Premier he started the long and difficult job of reversing Labor’s economic vandalism in Queensland.
“He will give great impetus to our fundraising and asset-building. Labor will complain and criticise, as they always do, but the LNP will be much better off for his contribution.”
Mr Newman was installed as one of the party’s three trustees at a state executive meeting in Brisbane attended by Defence Minister Peter Dutton, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud and former deputy state opposition leader Tim Mander.
It comes ahead of a crucial meeting of the LNP State Council on Saturday which will decide the makeup of the party’s Senate ticket for the upcoming federal election, and choose between rising stars James McGrath and Amanda Stoker for the top spot.

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  • Ozman 03/05/2021, 6:28 am

    LNP needs to do something more about its policies and political strategies. They are losing too many voters. Or should that read, they have lost too many voters.
    At least, Dutton knows he is backing a financial winner, even if Newman has done a political crash and burn. Convincing the woke that it is better not to go broke is not so easy.

  • Penguinite 03/05/2021, 7:16 am

    Newman is a fantastic Leader/Manager. He lost his seat after a concerted effort by (non-aligned) Get-UP and Unions. As the leader of the original LNP he could easily have selected a safe seat but chose not to!

  • Pensioner Pete 03/05/2021, 7:59 am

    ’tis all well and good, however, Mr Newman needs to be mindful of his demise previously, was brought about by his plan going into the election to privatize electricity and other assets owned by the people.

    His seeing out the door of 36, 000 public servants during his reign didn’t do him an ounce of good either. First round of ‘sackings’ involved all the temps and those on contracts all 22,000 of them, out the door, followed by permanent public servants, 14,000 of them leading to the decimation of government departments as those with substantial skills of interest to the private sector were snapped up.

    The other ‘benefit’ of the Newman public service sackings was the destruction of the economies of many small rural towns, the one I am familiar with lost 70 families from a town of ~2,000 people leading to the closure within 4 months of 13 small businesses such as cafe’s, coffee shops, the video shop and suchlike, leading to substantial job losses in the private sector in town.

    PP sincerely hopes the addition of Campbell Newman to the team does not lead to further distancing from the electorate by LNP policies.

    • Disgruntled 03/05/2021, 8:37 am

      You make a very good point PP.

      Newman now seems to have got his ducks lined up better and he should be an asset in the position he has been given. Here is hoping anyway!

      • luk1955 03/05/2021, 9:10 am

        Well DG you can hope. I’ve never seen a politician change course after making mistakes. Politicians take orders from the elite central banks and no one else.

    • DT 03/05/2021, 1:03 pm

      Now tell us about how well Queensland is doing under Union Labor, how the now well over public service employee numbers are impacting on the State Budget and growing debt.

  • Botswana+O'Hooligan 03/05/2021, 9:29 am

    He did rid the public service of a pile of dunderheads and also many good people went and took the golden handshake to escape the dunderheads left. The palace duck rehired the dunderheads back either as consultants and so Newman’s effort was a flop. Had he paid compensation to the people affected by the floods, and he should have done so because as a civil engineer he knew that Anna covered it all up, he probably would still be the premier. An arrogant bastard with small mans disease but being a successful premier isn’t a beauty pageant winner.

    • Aktosplatz 03/05/2021, 3:56 pm

      He did a good job organising Brisbane’s cleanup after the 2011 floods (he was mayor then). He also commented that the laid down operating manual for Wivenhoe Dam (from Sir Joh’s times) had not been followed and he was proved right.

      Quick to try to reign in the budget deficit, and like Tony Abbott, became unpopular for austerity measures he was bringing in. And yes, he slashed the Public Service Budgets and costs, he cancelled the Climate Change Council those Blood suckers including Anna Bligh’s husband that were on a rort.

      Sensible Conservative politicians who try to keep an eye on the Government Purse to reduce spending are never popular with the voting sheep who think money grows on trees, and are selfish.

      As DT has commented, so how well is it going with Pallychook now?

  • Graham+Richards 03/05/2021, 9:23 pm

    The LNP needs new blood, not regurgitated/recycled old blood.
    When in a hole it’s best to stop digging.

    Guess they’re stuck in reverse gear. What a bloody circus.

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