Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Healthy Outlook for Greens; Waters Critical of Newman over Funding Vows, Sexism

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Healthy Outlook for Greens; Waters Critical of Newman over Funding Vows, Sexism

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Byline: Joe Flynn

GREENS senator Larissa Waters has accused the Newman government of "effectively bribing" the people of Queensland and labelled one of the party's ad campaigns as sexist.

Speaking at a Great Barrier Reef protest in Mooloolaba yesterday, the Senator for Queensland slammed Premier Campbell Newman for saying big spending promises could not be guaranteed in electorates that do not vote LNP on Saturday.

"He's effectively bribing people and saying if you vote for us you get this thing but if not you get nothing," she said.

"He's shown his true colours and he's clearly desperate because he knows his government has become desperately unpopular."

Mr Newman said on Saturday that even projects with bipartisan support could not be guaranteed in seats that did not have an LNP member.

Ms Waters also attacked the Premier for defending an email sent to LNP supporters showing a photo of Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk with the words "don't wake up with regrets".

The words had been used in a New South Wales ad campaign against binge drinking which showed a couple lying in bed, facing opposite directions.

Mr Newman told media in Toowoomba on Saturday that he did not see the connection between the ads.

"You would have to be blind not to see the implication," Ms Waters said.

"Clearly that sort of advertising has been used before in a sexual context.

"It's not okay for a male premier to be sexualising his opposition leader opponent. It's not okay."

She was on the Coast to announce the party's policies to protect the reef, which include banning all offshore dumping of dredge spoils, stopping the Abbot Point coal port expansion and committing to $500 million in funding over five years to help farmers reduce run-off.

Greens candidate Marcus Finch was also at the event.

Mr Finch, who prides himself on being a man of scientific reason, said he knew he will not win Saturday's election.

The incumbent in the seat of Kawana, LNP's Jarrod Bleijie, got 66. …

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