No quick fix to woes, says Newman
THERE is no instant fix to Queensland's economic woes and no avoiding major reforms to the State's public service, the Premier has told Queensland's business and industry leaders.
Premier Campbell Newman delivered a keynote address on Wednesday afternoon only hours after one of his backbenchers publicly questioned the LNP's fiscal decisions.
Mr Newman said his Government had made some "very tough" decisions which were unavoidable.
"This has been a difficult and challenging time for many people, but we need the right sized public service that provides services to Queenslanders at a price they can afford to pay," he told the Committee for Economic Development of Australia event in Brisbane.
"We know job cuts hurt; we know they don't make for good politics.
"But put simply, we place the notion of good government well ahead of good politics."
The Premier pledged to work closely with the public sector to ensure the wave of 14,000 jobs cuts would not be repeated.
Repeating last week's budget announcements, Mr Newman confirmed his controversial commitment to work with the private sector and outsource services.
Mr Newman said the Government was going to do "more with less".
The address to about 1000 of Queensland's business and industry leaders follows voiced uncertainty from Mirani MP Ted Malone.
The backbencher told ABC Radio on Wednesday morning he thought there had been some rush to implement directions which were not in line with what the Government wanted to do, including deeply-opposed cuts to the rural fire service.
Asked about the claims, Mr Newman said Mr Malone was entitled to reflect on things of concern to him.
"Specifically, he is talking about rural fire services and I simply say we are listening to that," he said. "We are assuring him the things he is expressing, which are frankly some elements of misinformation that have been out there and he has had to deal with on the ground, we are working with him to deal with that."
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said there was obviously some unrest in the LNP ranks regarding the impact of the budget, particularly in regional Queensland.
"It is now for the Premier to say if he is prepared to listen to his MPs or if he will continue to ignore those who voted for him and continue to break election promises," Ms Palaszczuk said.