Why our one-term Premier says Crisafulli ‘insane’ to honor Budget measures


A former Queensland premier has taken his old party to task, describing the opposition’s decision to back any projects funded in the upcoming state budget as “insane”.

Jun 06, 2024, updated Jun 06, 2024
Former premier Campbell Newman has quit the Liberal National Party. (Image: Supplied).

Former premier Campbell Newman has quit the Liberal National Party. (Image: Supplied).

Campbell Newman slammed Liberal National Party leader David Crisafulli’s unprecedented stance, saying he no longer recognised his former minister.

Mr Crisafulli has come under fire for committing to funding arrangements in the Labor government’s budget, to be unveiled next week, sight unseen.

“It’s insane, but more importantly though, it’s dishonest, it’s disingenuous,” former LNP leader Mr Newman told ABC Radio on Thursday.

“What you’re effectively doing is saying ‘not only are we just supporting the allocation of money, but we’re supporting the agenda of that government’.

“He essentially said we support the Labor party’s agenda for Queensland and if that’s the case … well, there is no opposition.”

On Wednesday, Mr Crisafulli said Queenslanders would want the next government to “continue with projects like that”.

“If projects are underway, if they’re in the budget, they’re funded, those projects must continue,” he said.

Mr Crisafulli claimed this level of support for the upcoming 2024/25 budget was about creating stability and trust in government, regardless of the party heading it.

“If things are in the budget, they have to be honoured for the stability of the public service and for Queenslanders to have a sense of trust,” he said.

But Mr Newman said it was an argument based on fear.

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He said the opposition, and particularly Mr Crisafulli, could not avoid being a target in the lead-up to the October 26 state election and must show their policy hand.

“What you have to do is you have to actually say ‘this is what we did that was good, this is the stuff that we probably shouldn’t have done, but this is the LNP’s agenda’,” he said.

Mr Newman won government in 2012 in one of Australia’s most-lopsided election results.

Mr Crisafulli was a minister in his three-year government.

One term premier Mr Newman said he no longer recognised his former colleague, accusing him of going against the policy decisions of his federal counterparts, particularly on nuclear power.

“I don’t know who the guy is anymore. I don’t know what he stands for, I don’t know what his vision is for Queensland,” he said.

“I just ask David Crisafulli to go and look in the mirror, decide if you really want to do this job, walk out tomorrow morning and actually lead – show Queensland that you are a guy who is capable of taking this state forward.

“Get out there and tell us what your vision is and have real policies that will take the state forward.”

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