Lindy to step aside

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Natalie Wynne natalie. wynne@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

M U N D I N G B U R R A M P Lindy Nel­son-Carr de­nied she was aban­don­ing a sink­ing La­bor ship af­ter rul­ing out con­test­ing the next State elec­tion.

The re­tire­ment could open the door for LNP can­di­date a n d T o w n s v i l l e D e p u t y Mayor David Crisa­fulli to waltz into of­fice.

Ms Nel­son-Carr de­nied her de­ci­sion to leave of­fice had any­thing t o do with Cr Crisa­fulli.

‘‘ I cer­tainly gave no cons i d e r a t i o n t o D a v i d Crisa­fulli in my plans to re­tire, they were purely about longevity and about it be­ing time,’’ she said.

‘‘ One thing I never do is run away from any­thing.

‘ ‘ We’ve had very chal­lenges in the 13 I’ve been a mem­ber.

‘‘ For ex­am­ple no­body could for­get the Shepherdson In­quiry and all the shock­ing polls we’ve had over the years.’’

The MP said she did not con­sider Cr Crisa­fulli a threat to the La­bor party.

‘‘ I don’t know why peo­ple are so con­vinced he’s a threat,’’ she said.

‘‘ He’s a strong can­di­date, there’s no doubt about that but he’s part of a pro­posed Camp­bell New­man gov­ern­ment that’s all about day­light sav­ings, which North Queens­lan­der’s don’t want.

‘‘ David Crisa­fulli isn’t go­ing to be able to hide on this one. He can’t do what he did with the wa­ter and the rates de­ba­cle and hide.’’

Cr Crisa­fulli yes­ter­day only had praise for the out­go­ing MP. many years best chance to boost their p r o f i l e . ‘ ‘ N o m i n a t i o n s opened on Fri­day,’’ she said.

‘‘ It could be a cast of thou­sands or it could be very few. We’ll know in three weeks.’’

Her long-time sup­porter and hus­band, Rus­sell Carr, said he was proud of his wife’s many achieve­ments.

‘‘ I’m feel­ing re­ally happy, it’s good to see Lindy fi­nalise her de­ci­sion and to get that peace and set­tle­ment,’’ he said.

Mr Carr has also re­cently re­tired from his po­si­tion where he was an elec­toral of­fi­cer for Townsville MP Mandy John­stone.

‘‘ I’ve taken a step back and I’m en­joy­ing it,’’ he said.

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