Costi­gan un­der pres­sure

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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