Se­nate swap puts coun­try LNP ‘on edge’

The Observer - - NEWS -

AN­GRY coun­try LNP mem­bers have warned that the dump­ing of two sen­a­tors could hurt the party’s chances in four mar­ginal seats, and could even dam­age the Coali­tion’s re-elec­tion chances. Los­ing two re­gion­ally-based sen­a­tors for city-based rep­re­sen­ta­tives last week has seen city-coun­try ten­sions flare in the LNP. But oth­ers are mov­ing to rally be­hind the new blood, ar­gu­ing it will re­new the party. Townsville-based Ian Mac­don­ald and Toowoomba-based Barry O’Sul­li­van lost their top billing on the LNP’s Se­nate ticket, with po­si­tions go­ing to min­ing ex­ec­u­tive Paul Scarr, and Super Butcher man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and Na­tion­als roy­alty Su­san McDon­ald. Le­ich­hardt, Capri­cor­nia, Daw­son and Flynn are all un­der threat, while the chances of a third Se­nate spot or win­ning back Her­bert are all but gone, se­nior LNP fig­ures said. “Peo­ple have been toy­ing with leav­ing, and for some of them, this will be it,” a se­nior LNP source said. But oth­ers ques­tioned the sever­ity of the fall­out, say­ing that while Ms McDon­ald lived in Bris­bane, stal­wart Ron Boswell had been one of the most ef­fec­tive re­gional and ru­ral rep­re­sen­ta­tives while work­ing out of the cap­i­tal.

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