Unions say Newman called election to save own job

UNIONS says Premier Campbell Newman called a snap election to pre-empt any further slide in polling and to head off rising leadership speculation in the LNP.

Newspoll figures on Monday showed a four per cent drop in support for the LNP, continuing the downward trend over recent months.

Queensland Council of Unions President John Battams said the Premier could not afford any further drop in support for his government.

"He's gone to the polls to head off a leadership change, with little consultation with many senior Ministers," he said.

"The LNP's vote has been on the slide and the Premier has been rejected by the majority of Queenslanders," Mr Battams said.

"He's cancelled an important trade mission to India in a desperate bid to save his career," Mr Battams said.

"Why would Newman ally Scott Emerson come out on Monday to reaffirm his support for Campbell Newman as Premier," Mr Battams said.

"It's little wonder that the Queensland public doesn't trust the LNP, because inside the LNP trust seems to be in very short supply."

Last week the QCU kicked off its own election campaign, giving Queenslanders "100 Reasons to Put the LNP last (and number every square)". 

Mr Newman wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday morning that "ongoing election speculation" was putting the state's economy at risk.

"Queensland's economic recovery is too important to be jeopardised by ongoing election speculation," he wrote.

"I'm heading to Government House this morning to ask the acting Governor (Tim Carmody) to issue writs for a state election.

"There's no time to waste securing Queensland's economic future with our strong plan for job creation."



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