Newman government support falls below Labor in polls
QUEENSLAND'S LNP Government has fallen behind its Labor Opposition for the first time, with new polling showing Labor is now two points ahead as each side ramp up campaigning ahead of the election due early in 2015.
The latest Newspoll published in The Australian on Monday shows Labor at 51% compared to the LNP on 49% after preferences.
At the time of the last election when the LNP demolished the embattled Bligh Government, the LNP was on 62.8% to Labor's 37.2%.
Even a year on in early 2013, the LNP sat comfortably ahead with 59% support against Labor's 41%.
These latest polls covering April and June are the fourth hit in a row for the Newman Government, which has been battling criticism over its reforms to the Crime and Misconduct Commission, skirmishes with the courts and the growing popularity of maverick political force Clive Palmer.
On Sunday, renowned Queensland crime-fighter Tony Fitzgerald again attacked the LNP Government had "flaunted its disdain for democracy and good governance" by influencing the independence of the CMC.
He said News Corporation newspapers in major centres were biased in their coverage of state politics, accusing the company of favouring the government.
"Queensland is extremely vulnerable to the misuse and abuse of power," Mr Fitzgerald said.
"There are almost no constitutional limits on the power of the state's single house of parliament.
"Unless there is an effective parliamentary opposition to advocate alternative policies, criticise government errors, denounce excesses of power and reflect, inform and influence public opinion, the checks and balances needed for democracy are entirely missing."
The Premier's personal performance rating tumbled to 33% of Queenslanders satisfied with his performance against 57% dissatisfied.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has a slightly higher satisfaction rating of 35% and 37% dissatisfied, but is yet to convince 28% one way or the other.
Campbell Newman for now is still rated as a better choice for premier compared to Ms Palaszczuk at 39% to her 35%, but with 26% undecided, both sides are going to be looking for any opportunity to impress voters.