LNP seeks contenders for seat vacated by Rudd
THE Queensland LNP is formally seeking nominations for the Griffith seat set for by-election after former prime minister Kevin Rudd announced his retirement.
Ophthalmologist Bill Glasson, who won more votes than Mr Rudd in the September 7 election but lost 53% to 47% in the two-party preferred vote, has thrown his hat in the ring again.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has endorsed Dr Glasson's decision to run, labelling him a strong local voice for the Brisbane-based electorate in Canberra, but the Liberal National Party has not yet granted him pre-selection.
Queensland LNP director Brad Henderson, in a statement issued on Monday, said the by-election was "an opportunity to vote for a local MP who will vote to scrap the carbon tax and ease cost of living pressures".
"It's a chance to elect a hardworking MP who can work with the government to get local results and build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure community," Mr Henderson said.
The LNP has asked prospective candidates to submit an application for endorsement as an LNP candidate by noon on Tuesday November 19.
Mr Rudd must tender his resignation to Speaker Bronwyn Bishop on Monday (today/Nov18) to enable a by-election in the southside seat on December 21.
Otherwise, the voters will have to go to the polls again in the new year.
Mr Rudd initially promised to see through the full term when he won the Griffith seat but lost government.