Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has used the LNP’s Redcliffe launch to urge voters against lodging a protest vote at the upcoming by-election.
The Liberal National Party has quietly launched its Redcliffe state campaign amid the wash-up from the Griffith federal by-election.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman joined supporters at the Scarborough State School, north of Brisbane, to officially kick-off candidate Kerri-Anne Dooley’s campaign for the bayside seat.
Meanwhile, about 40 kilometres away, there was much greater focus on the Griffith by-election poll as Labor’s Terri Butler and the LNP’s Bill Glasson each put their spin on a likely ALP win.
Labor is also the frontrunner in the Redcliffe contest, with a high-profile candidate in former federal member Yvette D’Ath.
But Mr Newman is hopeful his government’s record will help it win the seat vacated by disgraced MP Scott Driscoll.
In launching Ms Dooley’s campaign, Mr Newman urged residents not to lodge a protest vote.
“Labor is urging you to make a protest vote, but Kerri-Anne and I know that Redcliffe is worth more than that,” he said.
“Labor has no positive plan for Redcliffe.
“Kerri-Anne offers a fresh start, she has a real plan for this great city of Redcliffe.”
Mr Newman said the LNP had a great candidate in Ms Dooley who is a long-term Redcliffe resident, a mother of four, a passionate volunteer, a distinguished nurse and a palliative care expert.
The seat became vacant after Mr Driscoll quit parliament in November because he was found guilty of misleading the house about his financial and business interests.
The by-election will be held on February 22.