Premier shows support for MP Ja­son Costi­gan

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND Premier Camp­bell New­man has for­mally en­dorsed the sit­ting mem­ber for Whit­sun­day Ja­son Costi­gan for a sec­ond term in of­fice, de­spite pre-se­lec­tion nom­i­na­tions for the seat be­ing open un­til to­mor­row af­ter­noon.

In a let­ter dated Septem­ber 24, Mr New­man said he had no hes­i­ta­tion in sup­port­ing Mr Costi­gan as he sought the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent his com­mu­nity for a sec­ond team.

How­ever, a spokesman for the premier said yes­ter­day that the fi­nal choice of can­di­date for the seat of Whit­sun­day rested en­tirely with those branch mem­bers el­i­gi­ble to vote in the pre-se­lec­tion process.

“It is my plea­sure to pro­vide an en­dorse­ment for Ja­son Costi­gan, cur­rent state rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Whit­sun­day and hard­work­ing mem­ber of the LNP Par­lia­men­tary team,” Mr New­man’s let­ter said.

“Ja­son has demon­strated true grit and pas­sion to be­come the first LNP Mem­ber elected to rep­re­sent the seat of Whit­sun­day.

“He is an en­thu­si­as­tic and ded­i­cated lo­cal mem­ber and a strong ad­vo­cate for his com­mu­nity.”

Mr New­man said he was proud of the gains Mr Costi­gan has made for the Whit­sun­day tourism in­dus­try, an im­por­tant Queens­land job cre­ation in­dus­try.

La­bor’s Bron­wyn Taha has con­firmed she will contest the seat.

“It’s fan­tas­tic that the premier has en­dorsed Mr Costi­gan, how­ever the branch mem­bers are the ones who en­dorse their can­di­date,” Ms Taha said.

“I wish Mr Costi­gan all the best in the up­com­ing months.”

Ms Taha pre­vi­ously worked for La­bor mem­ber for Whit­sun­day Jan Jar­ratt who was de­feated by Mr Costi­gan at the last state elec­tion.

Mr Costi­gan won the seat of Whit­sun­day in 2012 in an elec­toral land­slide after 26 years of failed at­tempts by Lib­er­als, Na­tion­als, and then the LNP in 2009.

The premier’s en­dorse­ment comes after months of spec­u­la­tion that a chal­lenge for the seat of Whit­sun­day was likely.

The LNP’s pre-se­lec­tion nom­i­na­tions for the seat of Whit­sun­day close at 3pm to­mor­row.

Mr Costi­gan said he was hum­bled and en­cour­aged by the premier’s kind words and his stead­fast support.

“Hope­fully, any white ants out there will smell the roses and let us get on with that very im­por­tant work and, in my case, con­tin­u­ing to work hard for the good peo­ple of Whit­sun­day,” he said.

SUP­PORTED: Whit­sun­day MP Ja­son Costi­gan has the support of Queens­land Premier Camp­bell New­man.

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