Campbell Newman responds to Stafford result
PREMIER Campbell Newman claims he is now listening to Queenslanders but the question remains are Queenslanders listening to Campbell Newman?
Mr Newman has been on a charm offensive this week after the government suffered a swing of more than 18% in the Stafford by-election forcing the Premier to come out an apologise to Queenslanders for some of his government's decisions.
Next stop on the apology list was the Queensland judiciary.
Mr Newman, along with Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, met with senior members of the judiciary on Thursday to attempt to patch up their differences after more than six months of public feuding
He said the meeting was productive and a "line in the sand had been drawn."
"We have a very productive meeting with the Chief Justice, Chief Judge of the District Court and the Chief Magistrate, but I will not go into details of that conversation," he said.
"We certainly talked about the issues of the past nine months or so.
"We have expressed our respect for the Queensland courts and the great work they do."
Mr Newman said he had earlier meeting with the Queensland Bar Association and Law Society where they also attempted to smooth over ill feeling.
He said Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie both attended the meeting as well.
"We had a very productive meeting," he said.
"We did not gloss over the issues; we discussed the issues and the things that have been contentscious.
"In that meeting I conveyed to them our total support and respect for the legal profession in this state.
"I also put on the table issues that had concerned the government and there are some agreements about the way we work together going forward."
Queensland Law Society president Ian Brown said the meeting had occurred but was coy about its outcomes.
"We have regular ongoing contact with government representatives and we hope to continue our productive, consultative relationship," he said
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk expressed concern about whether the apology was genuine.
"After winning office the LNP Government has not hesitated to attack a range of people and occupations including lawyers and judges," she said.
"Up until the Stafford by-election the Premier and the Attorney-General and other LNP Ministers and MPs refused to step back from their attacks.
"So Queenslanders could be forgiven for thinking the meeting is just another attempt by the Premier to rehabilitate his and his government's public image and save his own job."