Bligh staring down the barrel of defeat

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh is staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat at the next state election, the latest Newspoll shows.

Support for Ms Bligh’s Labor party has fallen to almost half the levels currently enjoyed by the Liberal National Party.

The Newspoll, published in Wednesday’s The Australian, shows Labor’s primary vote at 27 per cent compared with the coalition on 50 per cent.

On a two-party preferred basis, Labor is on 39 per cent and the coalition is on 61 per cent.

The poll relates to the period between July and September.

Labor’s primary vote stood at 31 per cent between April and May.

Opposition Leader Campbell Newman also still leads the polls as preferred premier.

It was reported on Wednesday that a company set up by Mr Newman’s wife, Lisa, and her family sought up to $30 million a year from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority in the wake of Brisbane’s floods earlier this year.

The company was set up while Mr Newman was still serving as the city’s mayor and registered on January 21.

The Australian reported that it made an unsolicited approach to the reconstruction authority to provide disaster recovery expertise.

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