Campbell Kevin Thomas Newman (born 12 August 1963) is an Australian politician and the 38th and current Premier of Queensland since 26 March 2012. He has been the leader of the liberal-conservative Liberal National Party of Queensland (LNP) since April 2011, and was the 15th Lord Mayor of Brisbane from 2004 to 2011.
Newman was elected Lord Mayor as a member of the Liberal Party of Australia. Since the July 2008 merger of the Queensland Liberals and National Party of Australia (Nationals), Newman has been a member of the LNP.
In March 2011, Newman announced that he would challenge Leader of the Opposition John-Paul Langbroek for the leadership of the LNP. Langbroek resigned, and Newman was elected his successor. As Newman was not a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, former state Nationals' leader Jeff Seeney was elected interim opposition leader while Newman headed the party's election team from outside the legislature.
Newman led the LNP to a landslide victory in the 2012 state election, allowing it to form government for the first time in its history. At the same time, he won election to the seat of Ashgrove in western Brisbane.
He was sworn in as premier two days later.
Born in Canberra, Newman is the son of former Senator and Federal Minister Jocelyn Newman, and former Member for Bass and Federal Minister, the late Kevin Newman. He was raised in Tasmania, where his father held the federal seat of Bass, then returned to Canberra where his mother served as a Senator. Newman attended the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and joined the Australian Army as a lieutenant in 1981. He is a qualified civil engineer with an honours degree in civil engineering from the University of New South Wales and spent thirteen years in the army, retiring with the rank of Major in 1993. He moved to Queensland where he graduated with an MBA from the University of Queensland, then worked for the agricultural storage company Grainco, before deciding to stand for election as Lord Mayor of Brisbane.
Lord Mayor of Brisbane
Due to the laws governing the election of Brisbane's Lord Mayor and City Councillors, Newman was elected directly to replace Tim Quinn.
However, in the 2004 election a majority of wards returned ALP Councillors, meaning Newman had to work with a cabinet dominated by his nominal Opposition, and a Labor Deputy Mayor. In the 2008 election, the ALP lost at least 6 wards to the Liberal Party, giving the Liberals a majority. Newman was selected as one of 25 mayors from across the world shortlisted for the 2010 World Mayor Prize, an online competition aimed at raising the profile of civic leaders. When the results were announced, Newman was declared the 5th best mayor in the world.
On 22 March 2011, Newman announced that he was seeking pre-selection for the state electoral district of Ashgrove, and if successful, he would then challenge for the leadership of the Queensland Liberal National Party. On 4 April 2011, Newman was elected to lead the party's election team, with Seeney remaining as the party's parliamentary leader and Leader of the Opposition. On 18 July 2011, the Crime and Misconduct Commission announced that the investigation found no evidence to support Fraser's allegations and all parties were cleared. Billionaire and LNP benefactor Clive Palmer said the "CMC was colluding with the government" while the LNP accused Fraser of "knowing too much about the investigation". Newman has since announced a number of policies including a number of measures to reduce the cost of living for Queenslanders, policies to protect Fraser Island's dingoes and dugong and turtles from animal cruelty and a comprehensive planning process to fix the Bruce Highway. Optional Preferential Voting in federal elections.
In January 2013, Newman announced plans to push for Queensland to allow
Newman lives in Brisbane with his wife Lisa and their two children, Rebecca and Sarah.