GOING GREEN: Greens Senator Larissa Waters helps launch the party election policy at Mooloolaba. LEFT: Candidate for Kawana Marcus Finch.
GOING GREEN: Greens Senator Larissa Waters helps launch the party election policy at Mooloolaba. LEFT: Candidate for Kawana Marcus Finch. Warren Lynam

Greens: Sexist LNP is 'bribing' Queensland voters

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 66.84% of the vote in 2012 - more than three times his closest rival - and the conservatives have held a double-digit margin in the seat for almost a decade.

"The Sunshine Coast is just virtually locked up by the LNP," Mr Finch said.

"You could nominate a corpse for Jarrod's electorate and as long as they were LNP they would get in."

In 2012, Bleijie outpointed Labor candidate Bruce Garner with 76.26% of the two-party preferred vote.

Three years earlier he won with 56.9% of the two-party preferred vote, up 1.2% on Steve Dickson's winning margin over incumbent Labor candidate Chris Cummins in 2006.

The high point for a Greens candidate came in 2006 when Lindsay Holt got 11.5% of the vote, but support dropped to 8.33% three years ago.

Those figures did not deter Mr Finch from putting his name forward, but running what appears to be an unwinnable campaign has been deflating.

"It's very enervating putting your hand up and going through this last two weeks of hell knowing that the margin is like Mt Everest," he said.

However, the climb looks to be getting easier, with the latest Newspoll suggesting an extraordinary swing to Labor of up to 13% in LNP-held regional seats Ipswich West, Keppel and Cairns.

To win, Labor needs a uniform swing of more than 12%.

But a significantly smaller swing would cost Mr Newman his seat of Ashgrove, a residential area north-east of Brisbane's central business district. The challenger is Labor's Kate Jones, who lost the seat in 2012. A poll of 847 Ashgrove voters on January 13 by ReachTEL put Labor ahead 53-47.

Statewide, the LNP holds a 52-48 lead, according to a ReachTEL poll on January 20. If uniform, that would give the LNP 45 seats, Labor 39 and there would be five crossbenchers.

Other polls taken since the election was called have generated similar results, raising the possibility of the LNP winning the election but losing its leader.

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