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Campbell brings the
‘Can Do’ approach to
By Tony Featherstone
As Lord mayor of Brisbane, Queensland
Opposition Leader Campbell Newman earned
the moniker ‘Can Do Campbell’, because of
his big plans and sustained delivery of major
Fresh from transforming Brisbane, Newman wants to bring his inimitable style and tireless enthusiasm
to bear across the Sunshine State – and he is once again putting infrastructure at the core of his election
Newman tells Future Building that Queensland is facing an infrastructure backlog that exceeds $150
billion. Moreover, he says that finding innovative ways to fund the backlog forms a ‘primary policy objective’
for his Liberal National Party. One of his key promises is that in government, he would use infrastructure
investment to drive an economic renewal of Queensland. Of course, funding that promise will be difficult.
If elected, Newman says he will inherit $85 billion in debt from Labor, making the task of increasing
infrastructure investment complex.
Mr Newman has been consulting widely with business – and has already launched the basis of his
infrastructure policy, which is built around the creation of Infrastructure Queensland and a new, dedicated
Treasury unit. Infrastructure Queensland will identify and prioritise new projects and drive policy reforms;
while the Treasury infrastructure unit will be used to work out how these projects can best be funded,
procured and delivered.
Campbell clearly sees private investment as a key outcome. While he has ‘no plans’ to privatise assets,
there are clearly options to liberate funding capacity through bold reforms to public administration – and
reforms to drive up the revenues available to an LNP Government.
Following is an edited extract of Newman’s comments to Future Building.
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