attacks in Parliament but admitted he didn't really know the rules.
After being formally elected to serve as the party's leader outside of
Parliament yesterday, Mr Newman revealed he would also in effect be in
charge in the chamber.
Mr Newman said he was the boss of parliamentary tactics and would
assess proceedings from the public gallery, while Opposition Leader
Jeff Seeney would act like his "general manager of operations" during
"I am the leader of the team, I will be having the final call on all
those matters," he said. "But of course I will take advice."
However, Mr Newman admitted he was a novice when it came to the rules
that dictated how State Parliament worked.
"And that is one of the reasons that I will be such a close attendee
of sittings of Parliament in coming weeks," he said.
"I do need to understand the differences between council and
State Parliament will sit today, with Mr Newman's attempted switch
from local to state politics likely to dictate proceedings.
The LNP parliamentary team and many candidates gathered at Parliament
House yesterday to hear Mr Newman speak.
While Mr Newman's leadership was supported in the party room, it is
understood several MPs spoke out against the involvement of the party
organisation in the ousting of John-Paul Langbroek and Lawrence
Mr Newman said he was humbled by the MPs' support and would hit the
"campaign trail" later this week to hear the issues affecting
Queenslanders outside of Brisbane.
The LNPs "election team leader" promised to lead the state by focusing
more on its people than politics but resisted pressure to release
Mr Newman again raised the possibility of further asset sales but
insisted "vital infrastructure" should remain in public ownership.
"We will be releasing policies over the coming weeks and months, I
will talk about that on another day," he said.
However, senior Labor MP Robert Schwarten accused the LNP of
hypocrisy, saying the party previously opposed the sales but appeared
to support them under Mr Newman.
"Mr Newman said there would be room for more sell-offs, including the
remaining coal terminals and outsourcing," he said.
"There is only one remaining coal terminal and that is the Port of Gladstone."