Queensland LNP could dump Springborg
MALCOLM Turnbull is about to be given a headache he neither needs or wants with the Queensland LNP set to address its leadership tensions on Friday morning.
The spill was precipitated by Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg's decision on Wednesday morning to call a meeting of all parliamentarians for Friday at 11am to address speculation that has whirled through the media all week about his future.
It was followed at 2.35pm by an email from former Newman Government Deputy Leader Jeff Seeney saying he would move a spill of the leader and deputy leader positions.
Noosa MP Glen Elmes said the motion would first have to get up before it was seen who, if anyone, would nominate.
He said unusually for the situation phones had not been running hot canvassing support.
Mr Elmes said it was better for the matter to be brought to a head this week rather than on Monday in the party room the day before Parliament resumes.
Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson and Member for Glass House Andrew Powell both made clear they would prefer the LNP got on with its job in Opposition following calls earlier in the week by Calounda MP Mark McArdle for MPs to park their egos.
"I support the leader and we should be focusing on what matters working hard for our regions,'' Ms Simpson said.
"We made a decision last year and we should get on with the business of being an alternative government."
Any contest is likely to involve Mr Springborg and the Brisbane-based Tim Mander and Tim Nicholls.
Unrest in Queensland will do nothing to assist the federal Coalition ahead of the looming July national election for both the House of Representatives and Senate.
Sources say if only Mr Mander runs he will lose but the contest will become tight if Mr Nicholls does stand.