Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Lucas Looks beyond Capital

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Lucas Looks beyond Capital

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LESS than a year out from the next state election, Deputy Premier Paul Lucas said he believed seats in regional cities would be critical to the government's chances of re-election.

Despite opinion polls showing Labor plumbing the depths experienced by its NSW counterpart in the lead-up to getting smashed by Barry O'Farrell's Coalition team, Mr Lucas said he saw strength in the government's achievements and potential weaknesses to be exploited in the Opposition.

aNo government can govern in Queensland without regional city support,a he said in his Parliament House office.

aLabor has been drawing many of its ministers from regional cities.

aWhen you have got an opponent who has admitted they haven't driven the Bruce Highway in over 25 years ... what we have seen is the Brisbanisation of conservative politics.a

Mr Lucas was referring to Campbell Newman, the former Brisbane Lord Mayor who, while not in the parliament, was chosen to lead the Liberal National Party to the next election. …

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