Debate a last attempt to drive home campaign slogans

Labor's Annastacia Palaszczuk vs LNP's Campbell Newman
Labor's Annastacia Palaszczuk vs LNP's Campbell Newman

PREMIER Campbell Newman does not think elections should be repetitive - but that did not stop either leader using yesterday's leader's debate to continually reiterate their campaign themes.

Throughout a 45-minute debate at the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre in front of a highly divided audience, Premier Campbell Newman and Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk attempted to drive home their campaign slogans.

Throughout the debate Mr Newman repeatedly said the Labor Party did not have a plan and said only the LNP's asset privatisation program could provide new infrastructure across Queensland.

In contrast Ms Palaczszuk continued to promise she would keep state-owned assets in public hands, and said she would be a trustworthy premier who stayed in touch with the electorate.

Despite their reliance on ongoing themes, and including referring to his "strong team", Mr Newman said, after Ms Palaszczuk called the asset privatisation plans "asset sales", he did not think elections "should be fought on constant repetition".

Asset privatisation remained the debate's biggest theme with Mr Newman comparing his Strong Choices plan to China leasing Hong Kong to the United Kingdom.

In his closing statement Mr Newman promised an LNP government would provide Queensland with new infrastructure - funded through privatisation.

"Our plans are fully costed and fully funded, because we've got the guts to go and tell it like it is and lease some assets," he said.

"Just like state Labor in Victoria we will invest in infrastructure: roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, rail crossings, we're going to make it happen for this state. Because we need more of those things."

Ms Palaszczuk promised to retain state-owned assets and questioned Mr Newman's legacy as Premier.

"We will keep those assets, we will use the profits they make to pay down debt in a measured, responsible way and restore frontline services that have been savagely cut. We will protect our natural asset, our Great Barrier Reef," she said.

"We will be a government for everyone. I want to bring Queensland together. Queenslanders have to think: do you really want three more years of this?"




Topics:  Annastacia Palaszczuk campbell newman queensland election 2015

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