Queensland Premier elect Campbell Newman poses for a photo with his mother Jocelyn Newman (left) and wife Lisa after the Liberal National Party won the election by a landslide at the weekend.
Queensland Premier elect Campbell Newman poses for a photo with his mother Jocelyn Newman (left) and wife Lisa after the Liberal National Party won the election by a landslide at the weekend. Dan Peled

Campbell Newman to be sworn in

QUEENSLAND'S newest Premier, Campbell Newman, will be sworn into office today.

His two trusted lieutenants - Jeff Seeney as deputy premier and state development minister, and Tim Nicholls as treasurer and trade minister - will be sworn in as an interim cabinet for Queensland on Monday.

Meanwhile, Mr Newman yesterday threw the struggling Labor party a bone, agreeing to give it the resources of a fuller opposition.

Labor could be left with as few as seven seats when the final result of Saturday's election is declared, falling short of what's needed to have official party status in Queensland.

It means Mr Newman has the power to refuse or allocate Labor offices, staff and resources.

But he's so far holding good on his promise to be a gracious leader.

"Consistently I've said ... we will be acting in a way that properly serves the interests of democracy in Queensland," he told reporters on Sunday.

"So yes, we probably will be supporting them as though they had greater complement."

The Liberal National Party will have as many as 74 seats.

Mr Newman said he was "overwhelmed" by the swing to the LNP, which is about 15%.

"We didn't ever expect anything like this and that's why we'll be so concerned to conduct ourselves in an appropriate manner," he said.

The Queensland public service also had its first casualty under the new government, with Department of Premier and Cabinet director-general John Bradley told he was no longer required.

"Extremely large majorities might look great on the night, but they have the potential to sow the seeds of their own destruction," Griffith University political analyst Paul Williams said.



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