Newman accused of shutting locals out of Community Cabinet

PREMIER Campbell Newman’s visit to the Gold Coast has been met with mixed reactions.

The Queensland Government held a Community Cabinet Meeting in Tallebudgera on Sunday, but the Premier is accused of snubbing voters by entering via a back exit.

Labor candidate for Burleigh, Gail Hislop accused Mr Newman of “locking the community out”.


She also claims LNP members have “gone into hiding on the Gold Coast” and has labelled the Community Cabinet a “highly stage managed” stunt.

During the meeting there were heated exchanges over some planned local projects.

Tensions and voices rose as controversial matters were discussed, including the proposed Reedy Creek ‘super quarry’ and the Broadwater cruise ship terminal.

Also yesterday, the Premier announced ‘Coward Punch’ killers would face life imprisonment under proposed changes to Queensland laws.

As part of the greater proposal to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence, 15 Safe Night Precincts will be created across the state.

The aim will be to provide safe and supportive environments and change the culture through high school alcohol and drug education and other initiatives that make it clear everyone is responsible and has a part to play.

Mayor Tom Tate has applauded the Newman Government’s State Night Out Strategy saying it strikes the right balance.

Speaking from Qatar, Mayor Tate said he expected the proposed reforms to make a marked difference to public safety in the city’s popular entertainment and tourist precincts.

“The Premier and Attorney-General have acted decisively to solve a long running problem. I’m delighted their approach tackles troublemakers while minimising the impact on the night-time economy,” said Cr Tate.

The Mayor added harsh new penalties for ‘coward punches’ were appropriate and in keeping with community expectations.

Head to the Government website for more details and to have your say.