REDLAND City’s three state MPs are remaining tight-lipped about the battle within the Liberal-National Party.
The then Opposition leader John-Paul Langbroek leaves the Redland Bay Golf Club in March 2011 minutes before Jeff Seeney calls a press conference about the plan for a change in the party’s leadership.
Cleveland MP Mark Robinson and Redlands MP Matt McEachan will be in the party room when the Opposition decides whether to hold a leadership spill on Friday.
If the bid is successful, a three-way battle for party leadership will be held between former National Party leader Lawrence Springborg; long-time leader hopeful and former LNP Treasurer Tim Nicholls; and the former Housing Minister and NRL umpire Tim Mander.
The party room meeting and spill motion were raised by former deputy leader Jeff Seeney following Mr Mander’s resignation from the Opposition frontbench and questions over Mr Springborg’s grip on power.
The move was reminiscent of the party unrest, which came to a head in March 2011 at an Opposition Community Cabinet meeting at Redland Bay Golf Club when Mr Seeney hinted the party leadership of John-Paul Langbroek and Lawrence Springborg would change.
Both Langbroek and Springborg tendered their resignations the day after the Redland Bay event, when the then Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman was named leader of the party outside cabinet.
On Wednesday, Mr Mander dismissed claims the move could jeopardise his re-election to his seat of Everton. Mr Springborg said he was confident of maintaining the leadership.
Cleveland MP Mr Robinson was not willing to say who he would back but used the opportunity to have a swipe at the Labor government.
“In my view, Lawrence Springborg has done a good job across the state to hold to account this do-nothing Labor government,” he said.
“Secondly, whoever emerges as the leader from Friday’s LNP party room, we all need to unite behind them and quickly get back to focussing on jobs and growing the economy and working hard in our electorates.”
Redlands MP Mr McEachan said the most important thing for Redland taxpayerswas a strong Opposition team holding the Palaszczuk Labor government to account.
However, Capalaba MP Don Brown, a member of the government, said the rift in the Opposition was ominous.
“The Palaszczuk government and I are focused on delivering for our community, whether it is compulsory preferential voting or the leadership,” he said.
“It is clear the Opposition only cares about their own jobs.”
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