State Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk and MP for Rockhampton Bill Byrne at the launch of a petition to stop the sale of the Gladstone port.
State Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk and MP for Rockhampton Bill Byrne at the launch of a petition to stop the sale of the Gladstone port. Brenda Strong

Petition to stop sale of Gladstone port a stunt: Premier

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman says a petition launched by the state Opposition to stop the sale of the Gladstone port is a stunt.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk visited Gladstone on Friday to launch the petition, saying the LNP intends to sell the port and appealing to locals to support a campaign to stop it.

However, Mr Newman said the port would not be privatised before the next election.

"If something's to be sold, the money goes back into building Queensland. We're recycling that money into new assets and we only do it after we've asked Queenslanders for their permission, their sign off," Mr Newman said.

"A petition is just a stunt."

Speaking at Spinnaker Park on Friday, Ms Palaszczuk said the hiring of JP Morgan to analyse the potential sale was part of the Newman government's "secret plan" to sell the port.

"We want the whole Gladstone community to get behind us to save our port and make sure this asset stays in Queensland's hands," she said.

"If this port is sold off there is no guarantee that the local people here, the local community of Gladstone will benefit."



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