Lindy to step aside
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.