SIDESTEPPED: Protesters outside Maroochydore State High School were angry yesterday after State Government ministers failed to meet with them.
SIDESTEPPED: Protesters outside Maroochydore State High School were angry yesterday after State Government ministers failed to meet with them.

Nothing but 'grubs' and 'liars': Premier to protesters

PREMIER Campbell Newman used the Community Cabinet meeting in Maroochydore to lash out at the Electrical Trades Union for "spin, lies and innuendo" and "foul obscenities" over the asset sales controversy.

Mr Newman said the government had been upfront about the proposed sale of public assets, which would generate $8.6 billion for improved state services.

It won't proceed with any sales until after a state election, due early next year.

"The nonsense from the ETU frankly is getting tiresome. It's time for them to tell the truth; that we are being upfront with people, that we won't sell anything without going to an election, and that we will retain 100% of the ordinary shares in the poles and wires businesses," Mr Newman said.

"I call on the ETU to stop the nonsense and stop the lies."

The ETU hosted a "Not4Sale" protest outside the Community Cabinet at Maroochydore State High School on Sunday, telling the Daily the ministers were "cowards" for slipping in via back gates and avoiding the protestors.

"I'm sick of taking my wife past a group of grubs, because all they do is shout out obscenities all the time, along with their lies about privatisation," Mr Newman said.

"It's time for them to clean up their act."

But the ETU said that was a bizarre outburst by a "name-calling Premier" whose government was out of control.

"I've been called much worse but spare a thought for the grandparents, koala habitat protectors, teachers, nurses and community workers in attendance yesterday - the Premier has just called them grubs," ETU state organiser Stuart Traill said.


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