Saturday’s election is still yet to yield any definitive result but it’s certainly caused quite some disruption all through the state.
It’s right down to the wire and while the final votes are being counted; speculation on the LNP leadership is rife.
With Campbell Newman losing his seat of Ashgrove, the position of leader of the opposition is now up for grabs, and there’s been three top contenders touted by the LNP.
Fiona Simpson, Tim Nicholls and local member for the Southern Downs, Lawrence Springborg are all potentials for the top job.
While Springborg wouldn’t comment on his willingness to lead the party, he thanked his electorate for reinstating him for the seat once again.
“I would just like to thank the people of the Southern Downs for supporting me across the region and I will continue to strongly represent their interests in State Parliament, whether that be in Parliament or opposition,” he says.
With the balance of power held by the Katter Party and independent, Peter Wellington, he says there are certainly plenty of negotiations to come.
“Its quite clear to me, that unless there is going to be a remarkable turnaround in the seats…neither party will have enough seats to form government in its own right.”
“If Labor is elected and if they form a government you’ll probably have the rural neglect that you’ve always had from Labor. The improvements we’ve seen in health and investments in the additional health services like we’ve seen in Goondiwindi hospital and other hospitals in the area, there’s no guarantee they will follow those through.”
Minister Springborg did make a commitment to the electorate and says he will do all he can for the area; be that in opposition or in government.