O’Dowd won’t re­veal his vote

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

FLYNN MP Ken O’Dowd is hope­ful the Na­tion­als Party can get on with the job af­ter Tues­day’s lead­er­ship spill, but says some mem­bers will “al­ways have am­bi­tions”.

Michael McCor­mack has re­tained lead­er­ship of the Na­tion­als Party, fend­ing off a chal­lenge from for­mer leader Barn­aby Joyce.

Mara­noa MP David Lit­tleproud was voted as the Na­tion­als Party deputy leader, to re­place Brid­get McKen­zie who was forced to re­sign due to her role in the $100 mil­lion sports grant scan­dal.

There were three nom­i­na­tions for deputy leader: Mr Lit­tleproud, Hin­kler MP Keith Pitt and Lyne MP David Gille­spie .

Mr O’Dowd said it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to re­veal how he voted, given he is deputy whip and it was a se­cret bal­lot.

“My job now is to make sure the party pulls to­gether,” he said.

“That’s what ev­ery­one’s de­sire is, to func­tion as one unit with per­son­al­i­ties swept aside.

“We all need to make an ef­fort to do the right thing by our elec­torates and to never lose sight of why we were elected.”

Asked if he thought all party mem­bers felt the same, he said Mr Joyce would “al­ways have am­bi­tions”.

Ahead of the vote Mr Joyce said Mr McCor­mack had failed to de­liver for re­gional Aus­tralians.

“Mr Mor­ri­son might talk about the quiet Aus­tralians but for us they are the near in­vis­i­ble Aus­tralians,” he said.

“We have to make sure we are their cham­pion and we go in to fight for them.”

Mean­while the re­sources port­fo­lio is up for grabs af­ter Rock­hamp­ton-based Se­na­tor Matt Cana­van re­signed from the po­si­tion to sup­port Mr Joyce.

Mr O’Dowd said if given the chance he would throw his hat in the ring.

Pic­ture: File

PARTY POL­I­TICS: Na­tion­als leader Michael McCor­mack and Mem­ber for Flynn Ken O'Dowd.

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