Campbell's 100 day report card
THERE can be no doubt new premier Campbell Newman has already made an indelible mark - whether good or bad - on Queensland in the past 100 days.
He proudly stands by the electoral promises in his 100-day action plan which he views as a report card he can be measured by.
Cut $7000 stamp duty on the family home, freeze tariff 11 electricity prices, abolish waste levy. Tick.
Create a Bruce Highway crisis management group. Tick.
Make it illegal to lie to parliament. Tick.
The list goes on.
"Politicians who do deliver should at least get the opportunity to talk about what's been done," Mr Newman told APN.
"So all the things in (this 100-day booklet) which we were meant to do in the first 100 days of a brand new government, we've done them," he boasted.
"We broke up the super departments (former Premier Anna) Bligh had set up.
"We got ministerial accountability again, we've got an agriculture department again which we haven't had for some years, we've delivered a whole lot of things that will put money back in people's pockets."
But Mr Newman has also delivered a swagger of unexpected changes, many in the name of an election promise to reduce the state's debt, which have resulted in plenty of criticism.
Funding to a major arts event has been cut, same-sex couples lost the right to a state-sanctioned ceremony, single people in commission housing may be forced to live with strangers or give up their homes to families and at least 20,000 public service jobs will go.
The Opposition has now created its own 100 Days booklet of Newman's time at the helm labelled "100 days of Broken Promises, Backflips and Bungles".
Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said the three key broken promises involved cutting public sector jobs, a social housing upheaval and failing to keep electricity prices down through its cost of living promises.
"Campbell Newman one year ago clearly said the public service had nothing to fear," she said.
"A cloud of uncertainty still hangs over this government; it still hangs over the thousands of people who don't know if they will have a job tomorrow, next week, next month or next year.
"We have seen the first major infrastructure project for this government is to build a brand new executive building for himself and his ministers (in Brisbane), not a project out in regional Queensland.
"When I am out there talking to people in regional Queensland they feel that the government is not listening and there is a cloud of uncertainty."
In an interview with APN, Mr Newman said his government was meeting its regional obligations.
He said a plan to map out which areas in the Darling Downs and Golden Triangle should be protected from inappropriate resource development was under way.
Mr Newman said in 18 months time prime cropping land would be identified and miner would not be able to "dig a great big open cut coal mine there".
"We'll just say that's it, it just doesn't happen there," he said.
Mr Newman said he had already given $100,000 to Roma last month under a Royalties for the Regions initiative and other areas should expect funding announcements when the budget was handed down in September.
He said 15 new officers had been recruited to help producers in their fight against ticks, weeds and feral pests, particularly wild dogs, to start this month and a scientific peer review of the Fraser Island Dingo Management Strategy was underway.
Mr Newman said he had seen new drawings and new layouts for the Toowoomba Range crossing which would be released soon.
"They've made significant positive changes in getting cost out of it but delivering a new option for the federal government to consider," he said.