Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says he’ll walk away from some of his controversial reforms in a bid to show voters he’s listening to them.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman will undo some controversial reforms and has apologised for taking them too far.
In a rare show of candour, Mr Newman acknowledged his combative-style of leadership had at times blurred his judgment.
On the back of a savage defeat at Saturday’s Stafford by-election, the government will no longer force convicted bikies to wear pink jumpsuits, or serve their time in solitary confinement.
It will also restore the bipartisan appointment of the chair of Queensland’s crime and corruption watchdog.
A controversial trial of budget estimates hearings, that saw them compressed over two days, will be abandoned and the old system spanning seven days will be reinstated.
And Mr Newman and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie will seek a meeting with senior members of the judiciary in a bid to smooth over a continuing feud.
“I’m sorry today if I’ve done things that have upset people,” Mr Newman said flanked by his ministers.
“We will be doing a lot better in the future to explain our decisions to people.”
Despite repeated opposition calls for the sacking of Mr Bleijie, the premier said there won’t be a reshuffle, nor would anyone be singled out for blame.
“We all back those things that the Attorney-General has done,” Mr Newman said.
“They’ve been important, but … I accept we got it wrong on those particular issues and I’m not too proud to say so.”
The government will still proceed with asset sales if it wins the 2015 election, but Mr Campbell has left the door open to further compromise on other issues.
“Someone in the next day or two might say `well we should have a look at that’ and I’m prepared to take that on board,” he said.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said the LNP’s soul searching was about self-interest.
“There is no real understanding from the premier and his cabinet about the magnitude of hostility out there,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“They’ve failed to listen to Queenslanders for the last two years; how can they have faith that this government is listening now?”
Griffith University political analyst Paul Williams predicts a 10 to 12 per cent swing against the LNP at the next election.
He believes the LNP will manage to hold to power, but Mr Newman will lose his seat.
“Given we’ve seen double-digit swings … in the greater Brisbane area, the arithmetic just doesn’t add up for someone to hold a seat that’s on less than six per cent,” Dr Williams said on Monday.
“They (the LNP) will have to have a leadership succession plan in place now, and not have a public bloodbath in March or April.”