CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Gerard Rennick and Paul Scarr LNP during their visit to Gympie this week.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Gerard Rennick and Paul Scarr LNP during their visit to Gympie this week. Troy Jegers

National Senate hope to put sexism tag behind them

THE Queensland LNP is hoping to get past the debacle that followed the attack by one of their own, Senator Barry O'Sullivan, on South Australian senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

"Barry O'Sullivan is not the Number Two LNP senate candidate," Number One candidate Paul Scarr said on a visit to Gympie this week.

His sentiments were supported by the Number Three candidate Gerard Rennick, who is also campaigning.

Coming soon is Sen O'Sullivan's replacement, Brisbane-based businesswoman Susan McDonald, who regards her home town of Cloncurry as the "centre of the universe".

Sen O'Sullivan's attack on Sen Hanson-Young, offensive to some, sexist to most and regretted by many of his colleagues, has been dealt with already, the two visiting candidates said.

"Barry O'Sullivan has been rolled, and by a woman," they said.

And by a woman with serious credentials in small business and rural politics.

The former National Party state secretary also runs a chain of butcher shops and is on the Brisbane Exhibition board.

As the LNP's Number Two candidate, she would lead the National side of the Queensland LNP senate team and seems sure to be elected.

Mr Scarr, from Chelmer in Brisbane, will be her Liberal equivalent. Mr Rennick, a business consultant with international experience, grew up on a Chinchilla District farm and says he too is hopeful of being in the Queensland LNP team.