Summit in Mackay to 'run away from the truth': MP

THE decision to hold a summit in Mackay to discuss the future of Queensland has been labelled "a joke".

Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller said Premier Campbell Newman was too frightened to ask the people of South-East Queensland what they thought about his policies.

"He's holding it in Mackay because the pensioners and other people won't be able to afford to get there," she said.

"He's just holding it in Mackay to run away from the truth and it's a joke.

"It's really what they call in political circles a focus group. He's getting the people of Queensland to pay for an LNP focus group."

When asked whether it was a win for regional Queensland, Ms Miller was even more scathing.

"I think the people of regional Queensland know exactly what he thinks of them," she said.

"He went from being the Lord Mayor of Brisbane to being the Premier of Brisbane."

Mr Newman said the summit would shape the future of the state through the Queensland Plan initiative.

He invited all Queenslanders to contribute their ideas so he could gain a clear picture of where they wanted the state to be in 30 years' time.

Mr Newman said the 89 MPs would take a diverse group of their constituents to attend the Mackay summit on May 10 to determine which questions to ask Queenslanders to help develop the long-term vision.

The government will hold a second summit in September to review and prioritise the feedback received.

The Queensland Plan will be released before the end of the year.


Mackay set to host summit

Mackay is set to host a summit in May which will shape the future of the State as part of The Queensland Plan initiative, Premier Campbell Newman announced today.

"I will invite all 89 MPs to bring a diverse group of their constituents to attend a summit in Mackay on May 10 to determine which questions we need to ask Queenslanders to help develop our long-term vision," Mr Newman said.

"The summit will also allow MPs and constituents to discuss the best ways of engaging their local communities.

"A one-size fits all approach will not work.  The engagement process needs to be tailored to cater for the diverse range of communities that make up this great State."

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