Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie. Tom Huntley

Jarrod Bleijie says he's not to blame for poll dive

HE is one of the most controversial members of the Newman Cabinet, but Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has accepted no blame for the fall in the government's popularity.

Just nine months out from the next Queensland election, Monday's Newspoll showed the government had slipped behind Labor on a two-party preferred basis - a first since the Liberal National Party reduced Labor to just seven seats in 2012.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney conceded the government may have attempted "too much, too soon" as it sought to roll-out its change agenda.

But Mr Bleijie, speaking at the launch of the Office of the Public Guardian, one of the few times he has made a media appearance since the controversy surrounding the appointment of Tim Carmody as Chief Justice three weeks ago, did not accept he had played a role in the poll's result.

"We have a strong plan for a brighter future, the Labor party have no plan, no policy," he said.

"And the point I make on this, is we made some hard decisions, we made some decisions, but ladies and gentlemen, the proof is in the pudding.

"We said we were going to revitalise frontline services, how have we done that and how should we be measured on that?

"Well crime across the state on average has reduced by 15 to 30 per cent.''

More on this at Brisbanetimes.com.au



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