Former Premier Campbell Newman
Former Premier Campbell Newman Contributed

Campbell Newman describes press as 'bastards'

"THAT'S the last press conference I'll ever have to do... that's the last time I'll ever have to talk to that pack of bastards".

Having endured his final press conference on January 29, his last day on the official election campaign hustings, Campbell Newman apparently managed to find a silver lining.

In an extract seen by Fairfax Media of Gavin King's tome featuring the life and times of the state's most recent former leader, Mr Newman's final days as Premier and his contempt for the state's media, and political discourse as a whole, are laid bare.

Mr Newman points to the 2012 campaign as changing him and how he dealt with the media having grown "extremely angry and bitter" over what he described as unfair and unethical treatment of his family and in-laws over the course of his first campaign.

For that he blames the Labor Party, particularly Jackie Trad and journalists for running allegations against him, but especially his family, without what he believed to be the proper scrutiny.

Brisbane Times


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