Sometimes, saving a few extra dollars can cause all sorts of unwanted attention. That's the situation Queensland Premier Campbell Newman finds himself in today, after peremptorily axing the state's literary awards, named after his own office.

Newman's motivations for axing the awards are plain enough: he's going to save some coin. The new Premier is not well-known for his love of the arts, and a literary awards night would not head most voter's lists of top state government spending priorities. To add some extra spice, former premier Anna Bligh, whom Newman so convincingly bested in the recent state election, was also the previous arts minister, and a well-known supporter of the state's nascent cultural industries.