Member for Nicklin, MP Peter Wellington.
Member for Nicklin, MP Peter Wellington. Cade Mooney

Axe will fall on Newman next: MP

A SUNSHINE Coast MP says the LNP should dump Campbell Newman as Premier because he lied to Queenslanders and lacked the capacity to lead.

Independent Nicklin MP Peter Wellington said as long as Mr Newman remained Premier, Labor federally would be celebrating because of the ammunition he was providing ahead of the next federal election.

"He's off on a different planet,'' Mr Wellington said, who described the Premier as arrogant.

"He shows no sign of comprehending that the rallies yesterday were not just a union stunt.

"These are people who have worked hard . They are good, hardworking Queenslanders many who have never been involved in a rally before.''

"They have been quietly doing a job, doing what they were paid to do, not wasting time like he suggests.

"Campbell Newman lied to Queenslanders. He travelled to the Sunshine Coast and gave commitments to the public service. He lied. No ifs, or buts. And he thinks he can get away with it.''

Mr Wellington said he had written to the Premier after witnessing first hand the anger of the 5000 who rallied in Brisbane yesterday.

Mr Wellington said he believed it was already time for the LNP to consider a new leader.

"My money is on Lawrence Springborg,'' he said of the LNP's best choice of a replacement.

"Campbell Newman doesn't have what it takes to lead.

"He has skills but no dignity, humility or compassion.

"If the LNP thinks it will have any prospects of winning the next election it will move him on.''

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson refused to comment on the protests or the government when contacted by the local ABC this morning.

Ms Simpson said as Speaker she would not be commenting on issues to do with the government - but only electorate matters at a local level.

This was despite the fact that the public rally in Maroochydore yesterday directed its anger outside her office - and that of Kawana MP Jarrod Bleijie later on.


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