LNP may have fallback strategy to make Campbell Newman Premier even if he does not win Ashgrove
From the Courier Mail:
THE Liberal National Party has a secret plan to make Campbell Newman Premier if it wins office but he doesn’t win the seat of Ashgrove.
In the LNP it is called Plan C - a blueprint to ensure that he gets a seat in Parliament so he can become Premier.
The LNP Leader has refused to discuss Plan B so far during the campaign - who would be Premier if his party wins government but he fails to win Ashgrove from Labor incumbent Kate Jones.
But The Sunday Mail understands the conservatives have looked at a third option: the LNP winning, Mr Newman losing, with a newly elected LNP member resigning almost immediately and forcing a by-election.
Party insiders said a hit list had been drawn up by LNP bosses of other seats and MPs who could be targeted.
They included Mount Coot-tha (Saxon Rice), Greenslopes (Ian Kaye), Stafford (Chris Davis), Everton (TimMander), Ferny Grove (Dale Shuttleworth) and the electorate where Mr Newman actually lives, Brisbane Central (Robert Cavallucci).
The “sacrificial six” would all be first-time MPs if they won on March 24.
What an absolute mess. It is almost comical that the people of Queensland are taking these people so seriously to the extent that their victory on March 24 is all but a foregone conclusion. We’re going to need a Premier after the election— not an Acting Premier, not somebody who doesn’t hold a seat in the Parliament, and certainly not somebody who is actively plotting to bring down an MP who was just elected by the people in order to advance his or her own career. Some might say “that’s politics,” but I think we can do better than that; and we should do better than that.