Costigan under pressure
MEMBER for Whitsunday Jason Costigan claims he is committed to his job – despite reports in the past week that he is to be dumped by his party at the next state election.
Two Liberal National Party (LNP) sources, including a senior party member, confirmed last week that Mr Costigan was not expected to be pre-selected for the next election, citing his "non-performance" in the seat of Whitsunday.
The LNP members alleged Mr Costigan had a problem returning phone calls and that his office was in "chaos", with three female staff members, who were also financial members of the LNP, quitting within five months.
However, Mr Costigan said he would not comment on anonymous claims in the media and said that people with any issues should air them via the proper channels.
“I know in my heart that I’ve been busting a boiler for the people of Whitsunday and that’s because I love my job, love the electorate and its people and I’m committed to making a difference.
“I’m not going anywhere,” he said yesterday.
It is understood that the matter has been brought to the attention of the Premier's office.
A spokesperson for the LNP's state headquarters said the LNP took all concerns raised by members seriously but did not comment on internal matters regarding individual members.
“Nor will the party comment on unsubstantiated claims raised anonymously in the media," the spokesperson said.
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said Mr Costigan was doing a good job as the Member for Whitsunday.
UNDER PRESSURE: Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan claims he is not going anywhere – despite reports he will be dumped by his party at the next election.