THE LNP should romp in at the next election, despite some recent glaring blunders by Opposition staffers, according to former Member for Callide Di McCauley.
The ex-Local Government Minister, in the Borbidge Government, said the recent controversy over the role of former state ministers was tarnishing the Bligh Government.
“I think the stench of corruption looms large over the Beattie/Bligh governments - and there should be a three-year period after ministers leave parliament before they can be employed as consultants or lobbyists,” Mrs McCauley said.
“There are obviously a large number of lobbying/consulting firms that have sprung up in Queensland in recent years which are made up of ex-Labor people and that is a concern.”
Stinging criticism of the Labor Party by former corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald, along with claims developers and lobbyists exerted improper influence over planning decisions, started the saga.
Several former ministers have quit government boards or resigned from lobbying, including former deputy premier Terry Mackenroth.
McCauley, who was elected to Parliament for 12 years in 1986, and served as a backbencher during the tail end of the Joh years, was disappointed at some clangers made by Opposition leader John-Paul Langbroek's staff, including falsifying an email to prove he had permission for some billboards and wrongly claiming Labor pocketed a donation from a group after it received a lucrative State Government grant.
“The debacle yesterday (Tuesday) in Parliament was quite depressing.
“Again, his staff let him down.
“That is the sad thing about Langbroek - he is just not experienced enough politically, but I met him last weekend and I like what he says.
“He needs to have really good staff around him to guide him and the support of other MPs like (current Member for Callide) Jeff Seeney and he will come good.
“People are over Anna and the Labor spin machine, that is very obvious.
“So if JP can come across as honest and straight-forward and not into playing political games, then he will be well received.
“The conservatives should romp in at the next election if they proceed carefully.”
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