Gold Coast MP David Crisafulli named Qld’s new LNP leader

Gold Coast MP David Crisafulli is the new leader of Queensland’s Liberal National Party.

The Member for Broadwater was elected unopposed at an LNP party room meeting at Parliament House in Brisbane on Thursday.

It comes after former opposition leader Deb Frecklington announced she would be standing down from the top job following the LNP’s miserable defeat at the Queensland election on October 31.


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Deputy Leader Tim Mander also confirmed he would be bowing out, with Toowoomba South MP David Janetzki appointed to the role after defeating Dale Last, Steve Minnikin and Christian Rowan.

It’s not known how many votes each contender received, with Party Whip Rob Molhoek stating they “do not disclose numbers”.

While Mr Crisafulli is yet to unveil his plan for the LNP, the 41-year-old said he is “hungry” to lead the party to success.

“I am hurting from the election loss we just had and I am hungry… I’m hungry to win,” Ms Crisafulli said.

“It’s going to be a tough ride… It’s four years and it’s going to be a long journey”.

In a statement announching his candidacy, the father-of-two said he believes he can “offer the discipline to hold the government to account and the energy to start the four-year task of preparing the LNP for government in 2024.

“Our party, our supporters and those who chose not to support us this time around deserve nothing less,” he said.

Mr Crisafulli also acknowledged Deb Frecklington for her work over the last few years.

“I want to take the opportunity to acknowledge the tireless effort that Deb Frecklington and Tim Mander have put into the party’s leadership over the last three years, and particularly throughout the campaign,” he said.

“Politics can be cruel and we are all hurting following Saturday’s result. Deb and Tim can be proud of their work ethic and long days trying to secure victory for the LNP.”

More to come.

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