An independent Queensland MP has told his Facebook followers voters can’t wait to get rid of Campbell Newman.
An independent Queensland MP says Campbell Newman’s government is “dead in the water”.
Peter Wellington believes the first-term Liberal National Party (LNP) government will be annihilated at next year’s election in a similar way to how former premier Anna Bligh’s Labor team was in 2012, when it was left with just seven seats in the 89-member parliament.
“With over 20 years in politics, four in local government and 16 in state, I am convinced this government is dead in the water,” he wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.
“From my experience I believe this government is heading for a disaster at next year’s election similar to that suffered by Labor in 2012.
“I move around a lot and talk to people from all walks of life and there is one common thread, everyone is ropeable with this government and can’t wait to vote them out.”
The member for Nicklin, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, posted his predictions after a Newspoll this week showed the LNP trailing Labor for the first time since its landslide win two years ago, stirring predictions of a hung parliament.
Mr Wellington, who backed former premier Peter Beattie’s minority Labor government in 1998, said he preferred Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk to Mr Newman, who retained a slender lead as preferred premier in the Newspoll.
“She is a decent and honourable woman who I have known for more than 16 years and while she may not set the television screens on fire, she is in a different league to Newman and his mates when it comes to integrity and honesty,” he said.
The MP, who this week left open the idea of joining the Palmer United Party, said he hoped the LNP would suffer a bigger drubbing at this month’s Stafford by-election than it did at February’s Redcliffe by-election, where it was defeated with a 17 per cent swing.