Tough job for Byrne as MP
DESPITE having decades of military experience up his sleeve, there is nothing that can prepare Rockhampton's Bill Byrne for the battle he faces in State Opposition.
But after attending his first caucus meeting this week since being informally declared the Member for Rockhampton, the former soldier said he was confident of his abilities and his fellow party representatives.
"It is clear we face a lot of challenges as an opposition. We simply cannot match the LNP government in terms of manpower, so we are going to have to be a lot more tactical of how we approach our roles," Mr Byrne explained.
"After our first meeting, I felt confident that we can overcome the obstacles put in front of us, sheerly on the knowledge, ability and talent of the members at the table."
Mr Byrne said despite the landslide victory to the LNP, the mood in the Labor caucus was positive.
"Obviously, we did discuss the results of the election, but the talk around the table was simply about getting on with the job and I got a strong impression that everyone was focused on doing the best we can for Queensland," he said.
Mr Byrne said that while he understood he was in a unique position as the only new Labor candidate in the parliament, he was not daunted about stepping into his new role.
"I was very fortunate to have known Tim Mulherin for several years prior to Wednesday's meeting, so I was comfortable going in there, but I honestly feel that working with a small caucus could make it easier to work effectively in parts, as everybody will be on common ground," he said.
At the time of publication, the seat of Rockhampton had not been officially declared, but Mr Byrne remained comfortably ahead of the LNP's Gavin Finch by over 2000 votes.
I felt confident that we can overcome the obstacles put in front of us