SEENEY STEPS DOWN

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY AND APN NEWS­DESK

Clive Palmer Palmer United Party MP If Queens­land had a pref­er­en­tial vot­ing sys­tem, Seeney would have been elim­i­nated and re­placed with John Bjelke-Petersen.

RE-ELECTED Mem­ber for Cal­lide Jeff Seeney stood down from his se­nior po­si­tion in the LNP af­ter a call for “fresh blood” in lead­er­ship ranks.

Mr Seeney en­tered the state elec­tion as Deputy Pre­mier, but af­ter a huge swing to­wards La­bor, he chose to step back from his po­si­tion.

He de­clared he wouldn’t re­con­test any po­si­tion, and wouldn’t ac­cept nom­i­na­tions.

“I think it is im­por­tant that no mat­ter what the out­come of the count­ing that is go­ing on over the next cou­ple of days, I think it is im­por­tant that there is a new lead­er­ship team in place to take the LNP for­ward,” he said.

Mr Seeney said it was up to the party to elect new lead­ers, but said Tim Ni­cholls and Lawrence Spring­borg would make good lead­ers.

Palmer United Party supremo and Fair­fax MP Clive Palmer cel­e­brated the an­nounce­ment, and claimed his state leader, John Bjelke-Petersen, could have won Cal­lide.

“Church bells should have been ring­ing on this news,” Mr Palmer said.

“The LNP’s ju­nior MPs will be ex­tremely happy that the flow of threats and bul­ly­ing an­tics will now stop with his de­par­ture.

“If Queens­land had a pref­er­en­tial vot­ing sys­tem, Seeney would have been elim­i­nated and re­placed with John Bjelke-Petersen.”

A party room meet­ing will be called af­ter all seats are de­cided.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LNP SHUF­FLE: Jeff Seeney, pic­tured in Rock­hamp­ton, won Cal­lide but stepped down from his role as Deputy Pre­mier.

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