Gold Coast MP considering run for Opposition Leader: reports

Gold Coast MP and outgoing Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews is reportedly considering a tilt at the Liberal leadership in the wake of the Coalition’s election defeat.

Scott Morrison confirmed on Saturday night that he would stand down at the next party room meeting.

Outgoing Defence Minister Peter Dutton has told colleagues he will put his hat in the ring, despite just getting across the line in his Brisbane seat of Dickson.


His most likely rival, outgoing Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, is set to lose his Melbourne seat of Kooyong, giving Dutton a clearer path to the leadership.

But reports on Sunday suggest Ms Andrews, and outgoing Tourism Minister Dan Tehan were being urged to run.

Ms Andrews, who retained her Gold Coast seat of McPherson, wouldn’t rule it out during a media conference on Sunday.

“It is way too early to even have a discussion about leadership within the Liberal-National parties. At some point, the Liberal party room will meet and we will elect a new leader but that is not a discussion for today,” Ms Andrews told reporters.

Outgoing Tourism Minister Dan Tehan and McPherson MP Karen Andrews are reportedly being urged to run for the Liberal leadership. IMAGE: Supplied

Mr Tehan also wouldn’t rule it out but said it was ‘the last thing’ on his mind.

“What we’ve got to do is make sure we are looking after those who have lost their seats, make sure we are scrutinising every last vote that comes in,” Mr Tehan told Sky News.

“At this stage what we need to be doing is making sure we regroup and come together.”