Queensland’s sacked assistant health minister Chris Davis may clarify his future with the LNP but the Palmer United Party isn’t showing interest.
Queensland’s sacked assistant health minister Chris Davis could make an announcement before the weekend about his future in the ruling Liberal National Party.
Premier Campbell Newman sacked the outspoken doctor on Tuesday night, only an hour before the federal budget was unveiled.
It is understood Dr Davis is waiting for public feedback before any announcement is likely to be made on Friday.
Dr Davis was moved to the back bench for siding with doctors in a long-running dispute over contracts, and polling his Stafford electorate on controversial changes to the Crime and Misconduct Commission.
Despite his criticism, the first-term MP voted with the government on both occasions but Mr Newman said Dr Davis had breached the Westminster tradition of cabinet solidarity.
While there’s speculation Dr Davis could quit the LNP, the Palmer United Party’s Queensland leader Alex Douglas, who left the LNP in 2012, said he had too many liabilities to be considered as a recruit.
“Chris Davis is not speaking to us about joining the Palmer party,” he told AAP.
“I welcome all LNP members but Chris Davis and Peter Dowling – they have problems with their own electorate.”
Dr Douglas put Dr Davis in the same category as Mr Dowling, the Redlands MP who was last year forced to quit as chairman of parliament’s ethics committee after sending his mistress a picture of his penis in a wine glass.
Dr Davis’s sacking came a day before Queensland doctors narrowly voted to accept the government’s new individual contracts.