Turn this plane around! Premier's focus back on Brisbane
PREMIER Campbell Newman's plans to tour marginal seats changed only minutes before he was set to leave Cairns.
Mr Newman, who was set to fly into Townsville after an overnight stop in Cairns, abrubtly changed tack - deciding to return to Brisbane to keep the focus on the Labor Party's costings.
The change of plans was announced to journalists on a bus parked outside the Cairns airport.
The Opposition is set to announce how they will fund their policies in Brisbane today.
The return to Brisbane means Mr Newman will have spent just one morning outside the capital in the campaign's final week.
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10AM: How would the LNP look without Newman? He won't say
DESPITE polls suggesting Queensland Premier Campbell Newman's grip on his seat is slipping, Mr Newman still won't say what an LNP government would look like without him.
Speaking to reporters in Cairns this morning Mr Newman said the fate of his Ashgrove seat is linked to the wider election.
Mr Newman would not be drawn on questions if his deputy, Jeff Seeney, would make a good leader.
He said there was a "preconception" he was fulfilling his promises in his seat - but would not say where this information came from.
The Channel 7 ReachTEL poll found otherwise when it questioned Ashgrove voters.
Mr Newman was in Cairns to announce a $50 million upgrade to the Cairns to Kuranda road. He said the plans had been developed over a long time and not during the campaign.
Mr Newman promised the road upgrade was not contingent on his Cairns MPs being returned to power.
While the LNP has been criticised for "blackmailing" voters, with policies contingent on MPs being returned, Mr Newman said the policy was a "state issue" rather than a "local issue".
EARLIER: LNP 'at risk' in 20 Brisbane seats as Labor surges: poll
DESPITE being sent to the political wilderness in 2012, Labor suddenly appears to be in with a chance of returning to power and LNP ministers are racing across Queensland to shore up seats.
On Wednesday night, a ReachTEL poll showed Mr Newman was on track to lose his own seat of Ashgrove, with his Labor rival Kate Jones ahead eight points. Ms Jones was still ahead of Mr Newman on the primary vote, 46.5 per cent to 42 per cent.
But Ashgrove is not the only seat in danger.
The LNP stands to lose up to seven seats in Cairns and Townsville, with the electorates of Cairns, Mundingburra, Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Cook, Barron River and Thuringowa also all under threat of falling to Labor.
Another 20 seats in Brisbane appear at risk.