Newman launches his campaign amid heavy voter backlash
PREMIER Campbell Newman launched his campaign on Sunday amidst speculation he could not only lose his seat, but he could also lead the LNP to defeat.
A Galaxy poll of key electorates reportedly revealed large swings against the LNP at the top and bottom of the state.
But Mr Newman is hoping to win over wary south-east voters with a promise to allocate $2 billion made from the LNP's asset leasing plan to Seqwater's debt.
The LNP said up to one million families would save about $100 over two years on their water bills.
Mr Newman made four other promises, including rewarding drivers under 25 who complete their learner's and provisional licence periods without losing any demerit points with a free, three-year open licence - saving them $118.
He also pledged to create a new technology research fund with $90 million of government funding over three years, with matched support from business and universities.
Mr Newman made education a high priority, promising $1 billion to construct up to 22 new schools, 200 bachelor of education scholarships and extra time for teachers to undertake professional development and further education.
The poll, conducted for a daily metropolitan newspaper, was not the only thundercloud threatening to ruin Mr Newman's Sunday launch, with his former government assistant health minister also launching a TV ad against the LNP the same day.
In the advertisement Dr Chris Davis describes the party as untrustworthy and urges voters to put the LNP last at the ballot box.
The Palmer United Party also launched its campaign at the weekend, on the promise it would abolish payroll tax.
PUP Queensland leader John Bjelke-Petersen, who is running for the seat of Callide against Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, said he was determined to make Queensland the number one economic state in the nation.
"Payroll tax, which in Queensland imposes a 4.75% levy on businesses paying more than $1.1 million a year in wages, is highly inefficient and damaging to the economy," he said.
On Saturday Australian Greens leader Christine Milne joined the Queensland Greens to launch their Sunshine State campaign fittingly on a "solar platform".
She described Mr Newman as "the premier for coal", saying he was letting electricity companies rip off solar households.
The Greens announced $30 million in low-interest loans for household installation and a $40 million grants program to provide solar for social housing, low income households and charities.
The party also promised to invest $100 million for research into solar power generation, storage and transmission, aiming for more sustainable jobs in renewable energy. - APN NEWSDESK