IT IS no longer a rumour.

Privatisation of Gladstone Ports Corporation is being considered by the State Government.

But Premier Campbell Newman's "personal view" is that ports should remain in public hands.

For the first time since whispers began about privatisation of GPC, the Premier yesterday specifically confirmed the organisation was being examined as part of the Costello Audit.

The audit, by former federal treasurer Peter Costello, makes recommendations about potential sell-off of state assets, including ports and energy assets.

Mr Newman was speaking at an AgForce event in Gladstone.

"I am quite happy to say again today, we've got this Costello Audit report and there are recommendations about privatisation of a few state assets," Mr Newman said. "One of them is the Port of Gladstone."

"I've got to say that I remain to be convinced (about a sell-off)," he said.

"I have a very firm view that ports are a vital part of the mix for any government in how you get economic outcomes.

"Once you sell them off, you have no policy control over them."

But the Premier left open the possibility his party might decide otherwise.

"I say to you again, that's my personal position, not the government's position," he said. "They will (debate) those kinds of decisions."



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