Lib­eral min­is­ter rolled

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

FED­ERAL Gov­ern­ment min­is­ter Jane Pren­tice will be booted from Par­lia­ment at the next elec­tion af­ter los­ing a bit­ter pre-se­lec­tion bat­tle to a for­mer mem­ber of her staff.

Lo­cal branch mem­bers in Queens­land yes­ter­day voted to dump the sit­ting MP in favour of Bris­bane City Coun­cil­lor Ju­lian Sim­monds.

Ms Pren­tice was beaten at the bal­lot box by Mr Sim­monds 256 votes to 102. Prom­i­nent LNP mem­bers Peter Dut­ton, Gra­ham Quirk and Tim Man­der were all present at the vote.

The em­bar­rass­ing blow means Ms Pren­tice, the as­sis­tant min­is­ter for so­cial ser­vices and dis­abil­ity, will be forced to serve out her term but won’t con­test the west Bris­bane seat of Ryan for the LNP at the next elec­tion, which is due within the next 12 months.

Fol­low­ing the win, Mr Sim­monds, 33, said he was “very pleased”.

“There will be a very clear choice for vot­ers, the LNP that man­ages the econ­omy re­spon­si­bly for the ben­e­fit of all Aus­tralians, or La­bor, who want to im­pose higher taxes, and take more in­come from the pen­sion­ers and self-funded re­tirees,” he said.

Ms Pren­tice would not com­ment on the re­sult.

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