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It’s time to go, Abbott and Newman

TONY Abbott and Campbell Newman might make strange bedfellows, but Gladstone residents have decided to dump them both.

Gladstone resident Don Brown said Campbell Newman was too arrogant.

He said Mr Newman's bikie laws were good and had "pulled bikies in to gear", but that Premier Newman had taken them too far.

"Making people wear pink in prison and not allowing people to go to the pub and have a beer is just wrong," he said.

Mr Brown predicted that Campbell Newman would be elected for another term, but said he doubted whether he would be after that.

He said he didn't agree with the planned asset sales.

"He's (Newman) talking about selling the port but the money won't go to Gladstone it will go to south-east Queensland."

The 33 year-long Gladstone resident said Tony Abbott was "just as bad".

"It's ridiculous how he's treated the people like pensioners," he said. "He's hitting the bottom end instead of the high earners."

Regarding the repeal of the carbon tax, Mr Brown said something needed to be done about climate change.

"Saying it's not happening is ridiculous when all the experts say it is. It (the carbon tax) may not have been ideal but at least it was a start."

Premier Campbell Newman visits the Santos GLNG site, looking at site maps with Santos CEO David Knox.
Premier Campbell Newman visits the Santos GLNG site, looking at site maps with Santos CEO David Knox. Mara Pattison-Sowden

Liberal voter Marilyn said she believed the Labor party was totally unionised.

"And I don't have a good opinion of unions," she said.

The Gladstone aged pensioner, who didn't want her full name published, said she disagreed with some of the actions of the Abbott Government, such as the recent budget hitting pensioners, but she backed its economic credentials.

Regarding Campbell Newman, she said he was full of himself.

"He does what he wants and is not concerned with others," she said.

She said she agreed with his crackdown on bikies that were involved in selling and taking illegal drugs.

Regarding the selling off of state assets and debt she said a lot of the debt had been caused by the financing of the "wrong things".

Associate Professor Dr Doug Hunt from James Cook University said the perception that Campbell Newman was arrogant was likely due to his combative style and the system of government in Queensland.

"The perception is compounded by the confrontationist style that the premier has to any critics of the government or anyone who expresses opposition.

"It almost seems to be a deliberate attempt to antagonise or confront the medical and legal professions."

He said while the Newman Government did have a reasonable honeymoon period, that it had now totally dissipated

"The Abbott didn't get to enjoy a honeymoon period at all," he said.

Dr Hunt said there was a lot of volatility in the electorate.

"Voters are less wedded to particular political parties and are much more willing to change their political allegiances which has enhanced the role of minority parties and candidates."

DUPED: Prime Minister Tony Abbott promised Australians would be $550 better off each year.
DUPED: Prime Minister Tony Abbott promised Australians would be $550 better off each year. Vicki Wood

Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said Campbell Newman was doing a very good under difficult circumstances.

But he said any sale of assets should be held off until it has been taken to an election.

"I am pleased to hear that he is doing that," he said.

He said he supported support the Newman Government's spending cutbacks, rationalising of programs and more considered approach to spending but said he didn't support lower speed tolerances.

He said the Newman Government needed to take tough action on some issues but that they could have been explained better.

In the Gladstone region Mr O'Dowd said he would like to see politicians from all levels of government, use their best efforts to stimulate economic development.

"I would particularly like to see the State Government work on containing wholesale electricity prices, as rising electricity prices are the biggest threat to local industry and jobs," he said.

He rated Tony Abbott's job as very good too.

He said he supported all of Abbott's policies but that they all needed to be reviewed from time to time to reflect current circumstances.

"It would be nice to be able to hand out lots of goodies as Labor did, but instead it has been left to the Coalition Government to fix their mess," he said.

He said he believed the Federal Government had lived up to its his pre-election promises.

"Labor are so scared that he and the Government will succeed, that they are doing everything they can to prevent the Government from fixing their mess, even to the extent of sabotaging Australia's future," he said.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said she did not wish to comment, and Gladstone MP Liz Cunningham did not respond to requests for comment.

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