Jarrod Bleijie, former Queensland attorney-general, rules out running for Mal Brough's federal seat
Former Queensland attorney-general Jarrod Bleijie has ruled out running for federal politics in Mal Brough's seat.
The Liberal National Party is opening nominations for potential candidates for the Sunshine Coast seat of Fisher next week, after the incumbent Mr Brough announced on Friday he would not recontest it.
Mr Brough resigned from the federal ministry earlier this month, citing ongoing police investigations regarding the James Ashby and Peter Slipper affair.
Mr Brough has been under pressure for months amid ongoing investigations by the Australian Federal Police, who are examining if he played a role in Mr Ashby obtaining copies of the then-speaker's diary in 2012.
In an interview with 60 Minutes in 2014, Mr Brough appeared to admit he did ask Mr Ashby to procure Mr Slipper's diary, but under sustained questioning from Labor late last year he cast doubt on that admission, telling Parliament "what was put to air was not the full question".
60 Minutes later released a full transcript and vision of the interview, which appeared to contradict Mr Brough's statement.
Source: ABC News