A poll has found Queensland Premier Campbell Newman risks losing his Ashgrove seat, with half of respondents dissatisfied with how he’s representing them.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman risks losing his own seat as the Liberal National Party ramps up its anti-bikie rhetoric.
A Nine News poll shows Mr Newman facing an 8.7 per cent swing against him in his seat of Ashgrove, in Brisbane’s inner west, more than enough to wipe out his 5.7 per cent margin.
The Galaxy survey of his Ashgrove seat found Labor would win 53 per cent to 47 per cent, after preferences.
It’s a far cry from the 55.7 per cent Mr Newman scored in the March 2012 election when he ran as the LNP’s leader from outside parliament and demolished Labor.
The state government’s recent attacks on bikies appear to the hurting the premier, with 44 per cent of respondents saying they are now less likely to vote for him, however, 30 per cent say they are more likely to give him support.
About 50 per cent of the 503 people polled are dissatisfied with the way Mr Newman has represented the electorate, and 52 per cent are unhappy with his performance as premier.
Mr Newman won the seat off Labor’s two-term member Kate Jones after quitting the Brisbane mayoralty.
The electorate had been in Labor hands since 1989, when Wayne Goss swept to power as the first ALP premier in 32 years.
In 2012, Mr Newman secured a 12.6 per cent swing after preferences in the seat, to help end Labor’s 14-year hold on government.
Labor is courting Ms Jones to make a comeback and Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Friday she had held preliminary talks with the heavily-pregnant former environment minister.
“We will let Kate concentrate on having her baby and then I’ll have a catch up with her in the very near future,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“I’d love to see Kate Jones run again. She’s a hard working local and all the people say to me they’d like to see her back in the seat of Ashgrove.
“It’s going to be tough coming up to the next election and you have a premier in that seat, so I suppose time will tell.”
Labor is expected to begin selecting candidates in targeted seats after this month’s Redcliffe be-election, sparked by the resignation of disgraced MP Scott Driscoll.