Premier Campbell Newman has launched an attack on those Queenslanders who doubt he can drive a car. In a direct reference to the so-called “driver movement”, Mr Newman said that he would not let questions about his driving ability distract him from running the state.
“The number of times I have been asked to produce my driver licence since becoming Premier is ridiculous,” said Mr Newman. “I have been asked at the bank, at the airport, I was even asked when I was opening a Tom Waterhouse account, trying to return Queensland’s economy to the black.”
“The final straw came the other night when some LNP colleagues and I went to The Beat Niteclub for after-work drinks and dancing. The person on the door demanded to see my driver licence. Unbelievably, this goon said that he would not let me in otherwise.”
Mr Newman suggested that the rumour and innuendo about his driving credentials may have started because, as the Premier, he is driven to events in a government car.
“Let me make this perfectly clear. I can drive a motor vehicle. If I don’t drive a car, why do I love tunnels so much?”
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said that the driver movement was a disappointing, but understandable, consequence of the increasingly divisive nature of Queensland politics. She urged Mr Newman to make his driving records public so that the issue could be settled once and for all.