Liberal National Party (LNP) president Bruce McIver says the resignation of a party candidate in far north Queensland is not a major concern.
Former Barron River candidate Wendy Richardson has followed the lead of MPs Aidan McLindon and Rob Messenger and quit the party to run as an independent at the next state election
Mr McIver says it is unlikely Ms Richardson would have been chosen to represent the party anyway.
“We are not concerned about this at all. I’ve talked to Warren Entsch – he’s our regional chairman in north Queensland – and both Warren and I agree this isn’t really an issue at all,” Mr McIver said.
“It would be highly unlikely that Wendy would have had the support of the party to run again and I think she has taken the opportunity to change her status.”
Meanwhile, Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek has warned two ex-LNP members to be wary of advice from other independents.
Mr McLindon, the Member for Beaudesert, and Mr Messenger, the Member for Burnett, met with veteran federal independent Bob Katter yesterday.
Mr Langbroek says Mr Katter is not necessarily a good role model.
“They have to be very careful about what they’re out there promising or what they’re discussing with Bob Katter who clearly is very aware of the fact there’s a federal election coming up later this year,” he said.
“Bob Katter tends to do a lot of noise in an election year and let’s have a look at what Bob Katter has actually been able to deliver [as Member] for Kennedy.”