Former Queensland Labor MP Cameron Dick has ruled out contesting the Labor leadership before the 2015 election.
Former Queensland Labor MP Cameron Dick says he isn’t interested in leading the party and doesn’t believe he’ll be tapped to do so.
Not a sitting week of parliament goes by without the government taunting Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk that Mr Dick is coming for her.
He was preselected on Monday to run in Woodridge, which is being vacated by retiring MP Desley Scott.
Mr Dick says running for a safer Labor seat isn’t an indication he’s being primed for the leadership.
He doesn’t believe he’ll be asked to lead anyway.
When asked what he would do if he was tapped, Mr Dick told AAP: “I’m not interested in being the leader of the state Labor party.
“It is about representing the community first and foremost, and that is my only interest at this time.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk has a been an outstanding leader under difficult circumstances.”
Mr Dick, a barrister, rose quickly in the Labor ranks and served as industrial relations minister and attorney-general before taking on the role of education minister.
He held the south Brisbane seat of Greenslopes for one term before suffering a nine per cent swing in the Labor 2012 whitewash.
Mr Dick helped friend Jim Chalmers’ election campaign in the federal seat of Rankin, which takes in the Woodridge electorate.
He then became a local branch secretary before being asked to run.
“They approached me,” he said.
“I saw how Woodridge had been affected by the cuts to jobs and services, it is a community hurting.
“They needed a very strong champion to stand up and fight for them.”
Two other former Labor MPs will also try to win back their seats at the 2015 poll.
Labor this week pre-selected former Bulimba member Di Farmer and former Morayfield MP Mark Ryan, who both lost their seats to Liberal National Party candidates in 2012.
Ms Palaszczuk said she wants a mix of old and new faces for the next election.
“I want strong candidates from diverse backgrounds across Queensland to represent Labor as we take on the LNP army at the next election,” she said.
Labor is yet to name a candidate to take on Premier Campbell Newman in Ashgrove, however Ms Palaszczuk has approached former local member Kate Jones to run again.