Minister doubts Newman commitment

Denis Keeffe, Cr Cedric Marshall and Geoff Murphy at a meeting between CQ mayors and the CQ NRL Bid leaders.
Denis Keeffe, Cr Cedric Marshall and Geoff Murphy at a meeting between CQ mayors and the CQ NRL Bid leaders. Sharyn Oneill

SPORT Minister Phil Reeves has taken a political pot shot at Campbell Newman claiming the LNP leader would not build a stadium for Rockhampton if he gained power.

It prompted a hard-hitting response.

Mr Reeves said Mr Newman was against using taxpayers’ money to build stadiums.

His comments, made in a media statement, come after The Morning Bulletin reported in April that Mr Newman had committed to building a CQ stadium.

Mr Reeves said the LNP used its Budget response last month to attack the Bligh Government’s policy of providing Queensland with major sporting facilities.

“The biggest threat to the CQ bid is Campbell Newman and the LNP,” Mr Reeves said

“When it comes to big price tag sporting expenditure, the LNP is living in fantasy land.”

But Mr Newman rejected the claim.

“This 20-year-old Labor Government has been accusing the LNP of all kinds of wild and ridiculous things and this nonsense just falls into the same category,” Mr Newman said.

“Labor has had 20 years to get things right and deliver for the Rockhampton region and they have failed.”

Yesterday, CQ NRL Bid chair Geoff Murphy played Mr Reeves’ comments with a straight bat.

“The LNP has reconfirmed it will build a stadium for us, no questions, if we are successful,” he said.

“Both sides of government have agreed to build a stadium.”

He said a senior LNP member reaffirmed the party’s position as recently as last week.

Topics:  bligh government campbell newman lnp phil reeves taxpayers

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