Queensland’s premier won’t indicate when a by-election will be called in the seat vacated by former MP Chris Davis, despite requests from the opposition.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is keeping everyone guessing about when there will be a by-election in the seat vacated by former government MP Chris Davis.
The opposition on Tuesday urged Mr Newman to commit to calling an immediate by-election in the Stafford electorate.
But Mr Newman isn’t giving anything away.
“Do they want a quick by-election because if they want a quick by-election they probably won’t have time to announce any policies and I wouldn’t want to do that to them,” he told parliament.
Labor has put up facial surgeon Dr Anthony Lynham as its candidate, while the LNP is yet to select anyone to run for the poll with nominations closing on Tuesday.
It’s been 11 days since Dr Davis quit parliament after clashing with his colleagues over changes to doctor contracts and the state’s corruption watchdog.
Under Queensland law, the government could chose to leave Stafford vacant until the next election.
However it would be unprecedented to leave an electorate without representation for 10 months.
The LNP faces a tough battle to retain the seat despite holding it by a 7.1 per cent margin.
Three months ago the party suffered a 17 per cent swing against it at the Redcliffe by-election.