WHEN Premier Campbell Newman stood in front of his troops on Monday afternoon, the former Army major did not order them to prepare for battle, but to prepare for conversation.
In his first party room address for 2014 - ahead of what is shaping up to be a marathon Parliamentary sitting week - Mr Newman said this was the year "it all comes together".
He told the ministers and backbenchers it was time to take the LNP's record on the economy, health and government reform to the voters.
Just days after the weekend by-election for Kevin Rudd's former seat of Griffith fell again into the hands of Labor, Mr Newman likened LNP's Redcliffe candidate Kerri-Anne Dooley to the Coalition's now-vanquished Griffith candidate Dr Bill Glasson.
Both were strong community members, caregivers - Dr Glasson an ophthalmologist and Ms Dooley a nurse - and both were passionate about their local areas, he said.
Mr Newman told MPs to head to Redcliffe to support Ms Dooley's campaign to win the seat relinquished by disgraced former LNP member Scott Driscoll.
He told MPs that 2014 was the year to "get stuck into it".
He was given a standing ovation.
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