Campbell Newman courts regional voters.


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Leader of the Queensland Liberal National Party is touring rural and regional areas of the state to
engage with voters and debate policies. Today he's in Mt Isa and Cloncurry.

ELIZABETH JACKSON: Campbell Newman who, in an unprecedented arrangement, leads the Queensland
Opposition from outside Parliament, is in Mount Isa today trying to win the support of regional
voters. He's having breakfast with business and community leaders and then later today he heads to
Cloncurry and then Townsville.

It's a tour to win voter support, where the former lord mayor of Brisbane is least known - out in
the bush.

Bruce Woolley compiled this report which begins with the voice of Campbell Newman.

CAMPBELL NEWMAN: Water prices, energy prices already, the cost of public transport, rego,

BRUCE WOOLLEY: It's a scatter-gun approach that's sounds forceful but leaves his options open. So
far, Mr Newman has not released any specific new policies since he become leader and cancelled the
entire party platform for the next election. Right now, it's a charm offensive in the bush.

CAMPBELL NEWMAN: I'm absolutely thrilled to be out here. I mean I'm making it very clear to people
that I am standing to be premier of Queensland, not premier of Brisbane. What I will bring firstly
is an approach that says I am just so enthusiastic about this state and I recognise that the
strength of Queensland comes from its diversity from the rural and regional towns that are going to
need support they haven't had for two decades.

BRUCE WOOLLEY: On last night's 7:30 Queensland program, Mr Newman was asked directly about one
controversial issue - the future of the fledgling coal seam gas industry. But again, his answer
leaves him with plenty of wiggle room.

CAMPBELL NEWMAN: All I will say today is that it is a vital, vital economic project or sector for
Queensland. It must ultimately go ahead. But what we need to do is put in place appropriate
controls to protect high-quality farming land, to protect obviously the aquifer, the artesian

BRUCE WOOLLEY: While Campbell Newman is in the north-west, it's a south-east Queensland issue that
is dominating the news - the spiralling cost of water. In what the Opposition is calling political
panic, Premier Anna Bligh handed back to councils the responsibility for setting water prices.

ANNA BLIGH: Whether they're in or out of a water utility business, they will have complete control
under the legislation for water pricing.

BRUCE WOOLLEY: Reporters asked Campbell Newman if this was his first big win in state politics.

CAMPBELL NEWMAN: Look it's a big win for people in south-east Queensland that the Premier has
blinked on the issue because I've been calling on this, for this to happen for a long, long time.

BRUCE WOOLLEY: Without any declared policies and without yet having named a front bench, Campbell
Newman is clearly enjoying his first few weeks as party leader - even if he doesn't have a seat.

ELIZABETH JACKSON: Bruce Woolley reporting from Brisbane.