Trevor's conference on his future
SPECULATION over whether Federal Member for Flynn Chris Trevor will end his political career will end today.
Mr Trevor has called a press conference for this morning to end the speculative media reports and comments in the community.
His intention to run in the next election was questioned after Kevin Rudd stood down as prime minister at the end of last month, after Australian Labor Party members and factions switched to support Julia Gillard as leader.
Media reported Labor Party sources saying Mr Trevor was contemplating whether he would continue or not.
Mr Trevor was picked by Mr Rudd to run in the newly formed federal electorate of Flynn in the 2007 campaign.
“Today was one of the most gut-wrenching days of my life,” Mr Trevor told The Observer on June 24, the day Mr Rudd stood down.
“The Prime Minister asked me to walk with him to caucus and I was proud to walk alongside a man who has done so much for Gladstone and Australia.”
Liberal National Party endorsed candidate for the seat of Flynn, Ken O’Dowd, said the failure of the ALP Flynn incumbent to confirm his intention to contest the coming federal election was the height of political and public arrogance.
“This matter has descended into a political farce with the election imminent,” Mr O’Dowd said.
He said the ALP and Mr Trevor were treating the electors of Flynn with disdain.
He said Mr Trevor’s private procrastination about his future was linked to internal ALP market research which measured the extent of his unpopularity after failing to stand up against the mining super tax and its replacement which threatens jobs and future prosperity in Flynn.