Qld LNP woos KAP with policy changes and positions

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    Queensland election 2015: LNP leader Springborg offers key posts, policy promises to KAP in a bid for their support

    By Matt Wordsworth
    Updated 48 minutes agoFri 13 Feb 2015, 10:59am
    Photo: LNP leader Lawrence Springborg (left) and his new deputy John-Paul Langbroek. (AAP: Dan Peled)

    Map: Brisbane 4000
    The Liberal National Party's pitch to gain the support of two Katter's Australian Party (KAP) MPs after the Queensland election includes giving them more staff and key posts.
    Last month's election is yet to produce a winner, with the latest vote count showing Labor on track to win 44 seats, giving the party the ability to secure a majority with the help of independent Peter Wellington, while the LNP is expected to end up with 42 seats.
    By close of business on Thursday, the Electoral Commission of Queensland had declared the results in 82 of the state's 89 electorates.
    The final declaration of the January 31 poll is expected early on Friday morning.
    For the LNP to have any hope of forming a minority government it would need the support of both KAP MPs as well as win the seat of Ferny Grove in a by-election, if one is held.
    New LNP leader Lawrence Springborg publicly released his five-page letter to the KAP yesterday afternoon.
    Mr Springborg, a three-time opposition leader, was handed the reins of the LNP at the weekend and has revived a number of ideas from his previous leadership, including no forced redundancies in the public service.
    Some of what is on offer also corresponds with KAP policy, such as introducing a bill to mandate ethanol in fuel and refusing any new mine operation that seeks to use a 100 per cent fly-in, fly-out workforce.
    The KAP itself would benefit with the pledge of an additional electorate officer and policy advisor for each crossbench MP, along with another policy advisor for KAP leader Rob Katter.
    There will be no leasing or sale of government-owned corporations.
    Lawrence Springborg, LNP leader
    Mr Katter would also be appointed the chairman of a commission into the Galilee Basin Development Commission and the LNP would support the nomination of a KAP MP to chair a parliamentary committee into power prices.
    In the letter, Mr Springborg told Mr Katter and KAP Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth that his promises would stand regardless of whether or not he needed their vote.
    "Importantly the undertaking I give in this letter would apply even if, at some future date during this term, the LNP was able to form a government without requiring the support of KAP MPs," Mr Springborg said.
    Mr Springborg has also formally committed to a major change in direction for the LNP.
    "There will be no leasing or sale of government-owned corporations," he said.
    Other measures are more novel, such as a promise to appoint department directors-general for the term of government unless there was bipartisan support for a longer appointment.
    Mr Springborg also revived his call for a referendum on four-year terms of Parliament.
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    Now that's a deal.
    Dave R.
 
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