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Gympie electorate no longer safe for the LNP

David Gibson.
David Gibson.

GYMPIE electorate is no longer safe for the LNP - and it is not David Gibson's fault, according to the Palmer United Party.

The party's Queensland parliamentary leader, Alex Douglas, told The Gympie Times yesterday it was Premier Campbell Newman who is on the nose with voters.

Gympie region's western MP, Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, whose electorate includes the former Kilkivan Shire from Goomeri to Bells Bridge, is also unpopular across Queensland, Mr Douglas said.

"We feel Gympie is in play at the next election.

"And we feel it is for reasons unconnected to David Gibson," he said, referring to Mr Gibson's fall from grace after criminal issues from his past were made public by former supporter Scott Elms.

It was Campbell Newman and Jeff Seeney who were on the nose with voters, he said.

Sitting members from established National Party seats, including Mr Seeney, were holding ground better in their electorates.

But the LNP was in big trouble in newer LNP seats, like Toowoomba North and South.

"Campbell's negative vote in Brisbane - that is people who will not vote for him next election - is not less than 58% in every seat other than Clayfield or Moggill.

"And in Clayfield it is very close to 50%," Mr Douglas said.

"Anna Bligh never had percentages like that.

"His average over the state is negative 51%.

"We polled 65 seats across the state.

"The sugar seats in the north have gone and the swing is maintained from the Cape to the coast."

Mr Douglas, who represents the Gold Coast seat of Gaven, says Mr Newman is far less popular now than Anna Bligh was when he defeated her in 2012.

As sitting Gympie MP, David Gibson won with 53% of the primary vote.

Mr Douglas said he would not publicly release the results of PUP opinion polls, but apparently could not resist setting out a few statistical morsels.

"We love Jarrod Bleijie," he said. "(For) Jeff Seeney, Jarrod and Treasurer Tim Nicholls - the feeling is very hostile.

"It's no different in Brisbane.

"They really hate him (Bleijie) down there. Every time he gets his name in the paper, we get more votes.

"Bring him on, roll him out as often as you like," Mr Douglas said.

Mr Douglas acknowledged that the data disagreed with that of Galaxy and Newspoll surveys, but said these were based on loaded questions.

"You can get the result you want, but people will see it as a con."

Mr Douglas was commenting after the resignation from Parliament on Friday of sacked assistant Health Minister Chris Davis.

Dr Davis cited recent legislation affecting "critical aspects of our democracy" that went contrary to both his and the electorate's values.

Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said recent polling in Dr Davis' Stafford electorate showed 59.9% of people opposed the Government's planned uncapping of political donation limits and only 15.1% supported recent changes reducing the independence of the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

Ms Palaszczuk said the polls she was quoting gave Mr Newman a 58.4% disapproval rating.

Gympie Times

Topics:  lnp



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