Campbell Kevin Thomas Newman (born 12 August 1963) is an Australian politician and the 38th and current Premier of Queensland since 26 March 2012. He has been the leader of the Liberal National Party of Queensland (LNP) since April 2011, and was the 15th Lord Mayor of Brisbane from 2004 to 2011.

Newman was elected lord mayor as a member of the Liberal Party of Australia. Since the July 2008 merger of the Queensland Liberals and National Party of Australia (Nationals), Newman has been a member of the LNP.

In March 2011, Newman announced that he would challenge Leader of the Opposition John-Paul Langbroek for the leadership of the LNP. Langbroek resigned, and Newman was elected his successor. As Newman was not a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, former state Nationals' leader Jeff Seeney was elected interim opposition leader while Newman headed the party's election team from outside the legislature.

Newman led the LNP to a landslide victory in the 2012 state election, allowing it to form government for the first time in its history. At the same time, he won election to the seat of Ashgrove in western Brisbane. He was sworn in as premier two days later.


2015-01-18 Campbell Newman

With the continued attack on Australia`s way of life, it has become alarmingly apparent, that the Liberals absolutely will not stop or listen to the public, no matter how big the outcry.

The constant attacks on Medicare, job stability,minority groups and the subterfuge surrounding the treasonous TPP agreements, are eroding the pillars of democracy and our fair go ethos.

We have seen nothing but lies and dog whistle politics, both from Federal and State coalition governments. The damage to our society has been tremendous and unprecedented.

A large section of the mainstream media has consistently failed in its duty of objective reporting. Rather, it spews forth lies, opinion pieces and deception. We have cheap hacks such as Andrew Bolt, deliberately whipping up hate in order to divide the community.

Arguably Queensland has the worst conditions of any state in Australia. Their political system has a long and stained history of corruption.

Coupled with this, they do not even have an upper house in Parliament.

The continued attacks on citizens, via the VLAD laws, which can technically punish anyone associated with bikies is a gross attack on individual rights.

The systematic attack on the health system and forcing hard working Doctors to sign punitive contracts is nothing short of disgraceful.

The mass sackings of workers in the public service has also put pressure on many government services.

The cancer of privatization is also ever present with the Newman government. Privatization has proved to be a colossal failure.

Quality of services plunge, prices sky rocket, and the government loses precious revenue, from which to put back into community projects and services. The only winners are the private mates of Newman`s government.

This is highway robbery of state owned, public assets.

We also continue to see attacks and an attempted weakening of the independent judiciary, and the weakening of Queensland`s corruption watchdog.

I urge you to think very carefully about the type of future you want.

Is our legacy going to be a clone of neoliberalist America? A broken health system, massive unemployment and underemployment, poor wages and conditions, and an out of control police force which brutally shuts down peaceful protests?

The choice is yours. Please think very carefully when casting your vote in this election. Your children's futures are at stake. Put the LNP last...that is where the put you.

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