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