Rockhampton lawyer Doug Winning has aspirations to take over the role currently held by Kawana MP Jarrod Bleijie, and plans to do it under the leadership of the Palmer United Party.
Rockhampton lawyer Doug Winning has aspirations to take over the role currently held by Kawana MP Jarrod Bleijie, and plans to do it under the leadership of the Palmer United Party. Amy Formosa

Doug wants a winning chance to be a PUP representative

ROCKHAMPTON may be home to Queensland's next Attorney-General if defence lawyer Doug Winning has his way.

Mr Winning has aspirations to take over the role currently held by Kawana MP Jarrod Bleijie, and plans to do it under the leadership of the Palmer United Party.

"I believe I have the qualities, because we need someone in that role who has guts and determination and ability," he said.

"I am regarded as competent lawyer. I believe I have the mental toughness and the experience and wisdom to be a very effective Attorney-General."

His first hurdle would require him to seek membership of the Palmer United Party.

"My first act would be to repeal WorkCover legislation which removed common law rights from 70% of workers," he said.

"Second, would be to put a broom through the dysfunctional office of the Director of Public Prosecution."

He also said he would repeal the bikie legislation and closely review all criminal law legislation enacted by the current State Government.

Palmer United Party policies

  • Abolish the carbon tax
  • Take a strong position on paid political lobbyists
  • Revise the refugee policy so Australia is protected and refugees are given opportunities fro a better lifestyle
  • Ensure wealth flows back into the community it was generated from
  • Create continuous wealth through mineral resources

He would also advocate for Supreme Court judges from regions outside of Brisbane to be considered for key positions.

"I believe the criminal justice system at present in Queensland is highly dysfunctional, and it must be reorganised and reshaped," he said.

"Many of the incumbents would be cleaning out their desk were I to be elected… because of the dysfunction that exists."

He said the PUP was close to his political ideologies.

"I'm not politically aligned, but were I to be given the opportunity to run for the Palmer United Party I'd certainly be interested in running," he said.

"I think Mr Palmer is a progressive businessman who has the capacity to create economic development and jobs."


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