Prime Minister Tony Abbott (right) poses for a photo with Queensland Premier Campbell Newman after addressing the Liberal National Party (LNP) Annual Convention in Brisbane, Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott (right) poses for a photo with Queensland Premier Campbell Newman after addressing the Liberal National Party (LNP) Annual Convention in Brisbane, Saturday, July 12, 2014. AAP Image - Dan Peled

Newman policy abandonment won't include asset sales

IN a desperate bid to win voters back, the Newman government has backed down on controversial policy decisions "that particularly have annoyed or upset Queenslanders".

Bikies will be no longer segregated from the general prison population and not forced to wear pink jumpsuits behind bars.

The LNP will reinstate bipartisan support for the next chair of Queensland's corruption watchdog, revert to the parliamentary estimates process and seek to mend its fractured relationship with the judiciary.

But Premier Campbell Newman, speaking after a Cabinet meeting on Monday, said his government would not shy away from asset sales because they would provide essential infrastructure for the state in the future.

"I just want to say I am sorry today if we have done things that have upset people. We will be doing a lot better in the future to try and explain our decisions and take Queenslanders with us," he said.

The moves come as the LNP react to an 18.6% swing against it at Saturday's by-election in the Brisbane seat of Stafford.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said the premier's promises were about self interest and were "merely window dressing".

Ms Palaszczuk said she believed the attitudes in Stafford and Redcliffe reflected attitudes across Queensland.

"I'm quite sure it is exactly the same message right across the state - arrogant premier, out of touch, not listening, don't care," she said.

Mr Newman, flanked by his ministers, told Queensland the Cabinet would reverse some decisions after "a lot of soul searching".

He said, speaking of his unchanged position on asset sales, that anyone who suggested Queenslanders could have it all was having "a lend".


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