Newman in tougher Ashgrove battle after PM's 'knightmare'

Queen Elizabeth with husband Prince Philip, who was given a knighthood by Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Queen Elizabeth with husband Prince Philip, who was given a knighthood by Prime Minister Tony Abbott Bang Showbiz

THE Queensland Premier is facing an even tougher battle to hold on to his Brisbane seat of Ashgrove, with punters increasingly backing ALP opponent Kate Jones after the Prime Minister knighted Prince Philip.

The fight will be a close one, according to new odds released by betting agency Sportsbet.

It is adjusting the odds after money again started flowing for Labor's Kate Jones to win Ashgrove.

According to Sportsbet's Christian Jantzen, Ms Jones is the $1.75 favourite for the seat with Mr Newman the $2.00 outsider.

"The backlash against Tony Abbott can't be helping Campbell Newman in election week," Mr Jantzen said.

"There's still around one-third more money placed on the Premier in Ashgrove, but in the past 48 hours we've received more interest in Kate Jones."

The apparent turnaround is not enough to change ALP's overall election fortunes though, with the LNP still at $1.10 to win, with ALP at $6.

The LNP remain the $1.10 favourites to remain in government with Labor at $6.00.

The odds of the Palmer United, Greens or Katter parties taking power have worsened -- with Sportsbet offering $251.

Newman attacks Abbott's knighting of Prince Philip

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman has taken a pot shot at Prime Minister Tony Abbott over his decision to knight Prince Philip as part of Australia Day honours.

The Premier had refused to discuss the knighthood given to the monarch's husband, but decided to enter the fray on Tuesday.

"It was a bolt from the blue, I disagree with it," he said.

The Australian reports that LNP strategists were furious about Mr Abbott's Australia Day announcement, after it threatened to derail the party's own campaigning on managing the state's economy.

News of the knighthood and the Premier's subsequent silence sucked the oxygen out of any other LNP talking points, which has largely focused on an endlessly spruiked "Strong Plan".

"The knighthood for Prince Philip might be welcomed in some parts of Queensland, but it wouldn't have gone down well in Ashgrove,'' one LNP insider told The Australian.

"He couldn't stay silent on it, there was too much noise.''


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