Lawrence Springborg acknowledges 'discussions' about his leadership position among MPs
The Queensland Opposition leader has avoided a leadership spill but concedes elements of his party appeared to have been discussing his position.
Lawrence Springborg said he believed he would lead the LNP to the next election and has ruled out using the hospitalisation of key cross bench MP Billy Gordon as a way to take power from the minority government.
Some Opposition MPs tried to stir up a challenge by Tim Mander but there was no formal move.
Mr Springborg on Monday acknowledged there had been talk by some MPs against him.
"There certainly appeared to be some of those discussions. [But] I saw nothing today that indicated that anything would happen other than the status quo," he said.
Late on Monday Steve Minnikin, who had been involved in rustling support for the challenge, was sacked as Deputy Opposition Whip.
He will be replaced by Ros Bates.
Tim Nicholls, previously touted as a leadership contender himself, backed his leader.
"The job of the Opposition is to hold the Government accountable ... that's what we'll be doing under Lawrence Springborg's leadership," Mr Nichols said.
The would-be contender, Mr Mander, did not deny or confirm the possible challenge.
Source: ABC News