MP heeds by-election warning
MEMBER for Gympie David Gibson joined Premier Campbell Newman yesterday in promising that the Liberal National Party had heard the message sent by the voters of Redcliffe.
The Redcliffe by-election saw a 16% swing against the LNP, delivering an easy victory to Labor.
It would take a swing almost twice as big as that to unseat the LNP in Gympie, but there is no telling what could happen if Labor put up a genuine candidate.
Mr Gibson said yesterday the Redcliffe result reinforced what the people of Gympie had already shown in the past: if their local state MP is not performing they will remove them.
"Whilst there are many factors to take into account with the Redcliffe result, one is clear: the path that the Newman Government has taken to get the state back on track and fix the economic mess left by Labor has been difficult for the people directly impacted," Mr Gibson said.
"The Premier has made it clear that we have heard the message sent by the voters of Redcliffe.
"My focus is to continue to listen to our community and to consult and explain as we do what is necessary to ensure the Gympie region is a part of a great state with great opportunity. I've always recognised that I work for the 32,000 voters in the Gympie electorate and have always endeavoured to give them my best and to never take them for granted."
The spectre of disgraced former MP Scott Driscoll loomed large over the Redcliffe result, but Mr Newman conceded many Queenslanders felt the LNP had "not listened enough" and had perhaps moved too quickly on some issues.