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Newman to fly out to India


Queensland Premier Campbell Newman will fly to India on a trade mission on Thursday, a timely escape from the Liberal National Party turmoil.

He'll lead a contingent of 75 representatives from 66 companies hoping to find new investment opportunities.

They'll visit five cities, with a focus on developing Queensland's resources, tourism, agriculture, construction and education sectors.

The LNP's parliamentary wing has voted to expel MP Carl Judge after he was kicked out of a party-room meeting on Wednesday night.

But Mr Judge said he would not follow the lead of Condamine MP Ray Hopper and defect to Katter's Australian Party - unless his electorate wanted him to.

Meanwhile ex-LNP member Clive Palmer is believed to be in the throes of setting up his own party.

"This mission is about opening doors," Mr Newman told parliament on Thursday.