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They are collectively delusional: Davis on LNP loss

Dr Davis also said his former party was incapable of effecting the change belatedly promised yesterday by Premier Campbell Newman.
Dr Davis also said his former party was incapable of effecting the change belatedly promised yesterday by Premier Campbell Newman.

UPDATED: THE Newman government is in deep trouble with the electorate and will lose at least 53 seats and power at the next election according to Palmer United Party state leader Alex Douglas.

Dr Douglas said that the LNP could now consider only Moggill, Gregory, Southern Downs and Warrego safe with Premier Campbell Newman certain to lose Ashgrove and all Sunshine Coast seats from Pumicestone north in doubt.

He said PUP would target conservative seats aggressively.

Mr Douglas put the real swing in Stafford at 27% when measured against the swing to the LNP achieved in 2012 by former member Dr Chris Davis who resigned from Parliament on May 23 forcing last weekend's by-election.

Dr Davis also said his former party was incapable of effecting the change belatedly promised yesterday by Premier Campbell Newman.

He resigned from politics after being dumped as Assistant Health Minister by Mr Newman for the stands he took on doctors' contracts and the government's changes to the Crime and Misconduct Commission and donation laws.

Dr Davis said the Premier's repeat yesterday of the promise he had made but had not kept after the Redcliffe by-election, had come too late.

"The trust has gone,'' Dr Davis said. "What you will see will be a false value system. They can't change.

"A new set of leaders is necessary. There are still decent individual members but the leadership - the top echelon - is not right.

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"It's not just Campbell Newman. They are collectively delusional.

"I don't believe there will be any real change.

"I've been left extremely disappointed. You couldn't predict by statements made prior to the last election they would be going down this route.

"These are personal ideologies."

Dr Davis said after the Redcliffe by-election he had worked hard to do all the things the Premier had promised the LNP would do.

He had consulted, listened and represented his electorate's views back to the government.

The Stafford community's views and measurement he did with a personally-commissioned Reachtel poll had clearly indicated the public sentiment.

"The government just ignored that,'' Dr Davis said.

"And it did worse than that it fired me. That sent a clear message to the people of Stafford that their opinion was worthless.

"It is no surprise to me that they have responded in the way they did.''

Dr Douglas said voters had locked on to the fact that the Premier was not listening to them.

He said Mr Newman simply didn't get it.

"He's promised more Can Do,'' Dr Douglas said. "That's a mythical construct that voters have already rejected.

"Newman is not listening to the public, but neither is the public any longer listening to him.

"There are three elements inherent in government's gone bad. They are incompetence, a crisis in confidence and a disregard of public interest.

"They are all active in this regime.

"The LNP is heading for a train smash.'

PUP federal leader Clive Palmer said on Friday that his party had remained out of the by-election preferring to develop policies it would take to the full state election due in March next year.

Topics:  alex douglas campbell newman dr chris davis palmer united party pup stafford by-election



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