Jeff Seeney
Jeff Seeney Sharyn O'Neill

Seeney admits changes "too much, too quick"

AS a poll showed the LNP slipped behind Labor for the first time, Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney conceded Queensland might not have been ready for his government's changes.

The Newman government has unapologetically pushed through tough anti-bikie laws, increased murder and child sex offence sentences, and sacked about 14,000 people in its race to address the budget.

The latest Newspoll, published in The Australian on Monday, showed Labor at 51% compared to the LNP on 49% after preferences.

Labor was also two points up in the primary vote, with 34% compared to 32% during the April to June quarter.

It is the strongest reaction in the polls that the government has seen after successive drops in recent quarters to date.

The LNP sat comfortably ahead with 59% support against Labor's 41% in early 2013.

"I think in retrospect it is arguable that our change agenda was too much, too quick," Mr Seeney said.

"Not for us it wasn't.

"I spent 16 years in parliament, 14 years in opposition.

"I was, like so many of my colleagues, very keen to embark on the change agenda we believe the people of Queensland wanted.

"We now face the challenge of catching up in terms of explaining to the people of Queensland what we did and why we did it and the benefits to them."

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said the poll showed Labor "closing the gap on Campbell Newman".

"I think the Newspoll clearly shows Campbell Newman's government is arrogant and out of touch," she said.

"After the Redcliffe by-election, Campbell Newman said he would be listening more and we've seen no evidence of that.

"What we have seen the past two years is a government that has picked fights with doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses - when is this going to end?"

The latest votes to abandon the LNP are going to the independents and the Palmer United Palmer, rather than Labor.

When asked, Ms Palaszczuk said she would not consider a coalition with PUP.

She said there would be clear choices at the next election, expected next March, between Labor and the LNP.



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