Just in case you were wondering, former Queensland premier Campbell Newman is still a huge prick.

Newman is steadfastly refusing to show even an ounce of contrition after sharting out a tweet this morning that is – even at its most generous reading – horrendously tone-deaf.

The tweet followed the death of a woman after she was hit by a bus while crossing Ann Street in Brisbane‘s CBD. The Brisbane Times is reporting that the woman was identified as a 51-year-old from Samford Valley.

Ann Street was closed for two hours by police, which a spokesperson from the Queensland Police Service described to the ABC as standard operating procedure:

It is standard procedure to close a road where a fatality has occurred while investigators from the Forensic Crash Unit conduct thorough scene examinations without interference from traffic.

The QPS is also conscious of ensuring scenes of fatalities are managed with dignity and respect for the victims and their families.

On this occasion, a traffic alert was issued to the public within minutes of the incident and local diversions were put in place while the intersection was closed to traffic for two hours.

Instead of maybe clarifying his wording or apologising, Newman scrambled to defend himself, claiming (among other things) that QPS’ handling of the incident could have made school children late for exams:

He tweeted a few more times this afternoon, hitting back at reports that he had been criticised for his comments and even hitting back at criticism from MP Deb Frecklington, who now holds Newman’s former position as leader of the Queensland Liberal National Party.

What a dickhead.

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