CAMPBELL Newman’s decision to stick
to his guns on anti-bikie laws against a concerted campaign
by lawyers and judges has put the jobs of dozens of Liberal
National Party MPs in peril - including himself.
A new Galaxy poll, conducted exclusively for
The Courier-Mail, reveals 30 seats are at risk -
including his own seat of Ashgrove - as the Newman Government
suffers a rapid fall from grace and the Premier’s popularity
continues to plummet.
Much of the administration’s ills are
intimately linked to the crackdown on criminal gangs, with
Queenslanders increasingly opposed to the new anti-bikie
Mr Newman yesterday told the LNP’s first party
room meeting of the year the laws were working to break down the
illegal activities of the gangs and put their members behind
“Our war against criminal gangs is yielding
positive results,” he said.
However, Galaxy chief David Briggs said the
poll results revealed the laws had not proved popular.
“Campbell Newman’s decision to take on the
motorcycle gangs is proving costly, with support for the LNP and
his own satisfaction dropping since late last year,’’ he said.
“Opinion is now divided on whether the laws
were needed in the first place, and the majority of
Queenslanders are of the opinion that Mr Newman has done a poor
job introducing the new laws.’’
Premier Campbell Newman rallies
the troops at the LNP’s first party room meeting
of the year. Picture: Glenn Barnes
Conducted late last week, the poll of 800
Queenslanders found the LNP’s primary support had dropped to 41
per cent, a 4 per cent slide since November and an almost 9 per
cent decline since the 2012 election.
Labor picked up most of the disenchanted LNP
supporters in a clear sign there is no evolving love for Clive
Palmer’s United Party.
On a two-party-preferred basis, the LNP now
holds a 53 per cent to 47 per cent lead over Labor, which
compares to the 62.8 per cent to 37.2 per cent result just two
The LNP’s 9.8 per cent fall on a
two-party-preferred basis would wipe out the 30 government
members with margins of less than 10 per cent if the result fell
uniformly, threatening the Newman administration’s ability to
govern in theirits own right.
Mr Newman’s own inner-Brisbane electorate of Ashgrove
would be one of the seats to fall in a dramatic display of how
the Government’s recent fortunes have floundered.
However, Queensland’s optional preferential
voting system has long favoured the side with the higher primary
support, as occurred in 2009 when a lead of less than 1 per cent
delivered Labor 15 more seats than the LNP.
According to Galaxy, the gap between the
number of Queenslanders dissatisfied compared to satisfied with
Mr Newman’s performance widened to 13 per cent.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk’s
personal numbers also suffered, with the number of people
satisfied with her efforts equal to the number dissatisfied.
However, Ms Palaszczuk closed the gap slightly on Mr Newman’s
lead as preferred premier from 13 per cent to 11 per cent.
Much of the LNP and Mr Newman’s
dramatic decline can be linked to
the bikies debate, which for months has attracted blanket media
attention following condemnation from lawyers and the
The laws include restrictions on members of
prescribed gangs riding in groups of three or more and tough
prison sentences. Galaxy found the number of Queenslanders
opposed to the laws climbed from 37 per cent to 45 per cent in
three months with Labor supporters the biggest detractors.
The number in favour dropped from 56 per cent
to 48 per cent.
While 41 per cent of respondents believed the
laws were “about right”, the number of people who thought they
were too tough jumped from 41 per cent to 50 per cent.