Trevor ‘must tell electors'
PRESSURE has been put on Member for Flynn Chris Trevor to end speculation over whether he will quit politics.
Liberal National Party-endorsed candidate for the electorate Ken O'Dowd has called for the Labor Party politician to give the community an answer as soon as possible.
Mr Trevor remained tight-lipped yesterday when The Observer approached him for a ‘yes' or ‘no' answer.
Speculation over Mr Trevor's political future was raised within 24 hours after Kevin Rudd stepped down as Prime Minister, handing the reins to deputy and now first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.
Media reports on June 25 stated Labor Party sources had said Mr Trevor, a first-term member in the ultra-marginal seat, was contemplating quitting.
Yesterday, media reports indicated the impending federal election could be called for August 21, particularly as the Prime Minister had changed plans to meet New South Wales candidates for a training day three weeks early. Ms Gillard met candidates in Sydney this week.
Mr O'Dowd said he was ready for an election no matter when it was called.
“The sooner this issue regarding the asylum seekers and the mining tax is bedded down, with all participants having their say and reaching a satisfactory conclusion, the better because Australia is still being hampered by this indecision,” he said.
“I think it's imperative that Chris Trevor, in light of the CFMEU (Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union) supporting the original RSPT (Resource Super Profits Tax) rather than Minerals Resource Rent Tax on Monday and speculation of an August 21 election.
“He should clearly state, ASAP, his decision if he will continue running in this campaign.”
Mr Trevor said he proposed to make an announcement as to whether he would re-contest the seat of Flynn at the next federal election in coming days.
Mr Trevor was handpicked by Mr Rudd to stand as the Labor Party candidate for the Flynn electorate during the 2007 election.
He has only issued one statement in relation to the overthrow of Mr Rudd since the event two weeks ago.