The Newman Government under the grill with Redcliffe by-election.
The Newman Government under the grill with Redcliffe by-election. Valerie Horton

Newman Government to face its first test of popularity

THE Newman Government will face the first serious test of its popularity after announcing Redcliffe voters will head to the polls next month.

But there will be no general State Election until next year - despite whispers the government would run sooner.

The Redcliffe electorate has been without a representative in State Parliament since former MP Scott Driscoll sensationally quit during the final sitting week last year.

Mr Driscoll fell on his sword before his colleagues had the opportunity throw him out after the powerful parliamentary ethics committee recommended he be fined and expelled from State Parliament.

The committee found he deliberately mislead the House and recommended he answer 48 counts of contempt after failing to register 14 different interests on his own register and those of his wife Emma Driscoll.

He was subsequently fined $90,000 after appearing before the Bar of Parliament on the final parliamentary sitting day last year.

Premier Campbell Newman said on Monday (Jan 13) the Redcliffe by-election will be held on February 22 where he claimed the LNP would be underdogs.

He urged all parties too lay of electioneering across the peninsula until after Australia Day celebrations later this month.

Mr Newman took to the airwaves earlier in the day to scuttle rumours which had been circulating suggesting the government was planning on calling an early State Election.

"The election will be in 2015. This year is about getting out and really making sure the state goes forward economically, that those jobs are created," he said.

"A lot of great things have come together, will come together this year, and Queensland will be the lead state economically over the coming months.

"I am very excited about this year. So no election this year, it will be in 2015."

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