Lawrence Springborg has KAP, Pyne support ahead of possible LNP spill
Queensland Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg is heading into what could be a leadership spill this morning with the support of the crossbenchers.
Mr Springborg called the partyroom meeting for 11:00am to end the persistent questions over his reign.
LNP veteran Jeff Seeney will call a motion to declare the leadership positions vacant and if it gets up, former treasurer Tim Nicholls and Tim Mander have declared their interest.
Both have reportedly courted Deb Frecklington to be their deputy.
The two Katter's Australian Party MPs and independent Chris Pyne have released a statement saying any spill would be a sign of arrogance.
"The recent move against the Leader of the Opposition is an attempt by Liberal members of the LNP to frustrate the party's efforts to cooperate with the crossbench and marks a return to the arrogant and combative Newman years," they said.
"He [Mr Springborg] has shown [commitment] to interact and consult with the independents and the KAP.
"We are supportive of a constructive Parliament which, with the help of Mr Springborg's leadership, has resulted in the passing of several pieces of legislation against the ALP Government, making history for the first time in decades.
"This cooperation in the current political climate has delivered a far more democratic and constructive 55th Parliament.
"One that has seen crossbenchers and the Opposition deliver genuine legislative outcomes rather than simply play party-political games."
It is unclear at this stage whether Mr Springborg will compete for the leadership if it goes to a vote.
He has been Opposition Leader for 14 months, beating arch-conservative Mr Mander by just a few votes.
The ALP and political pundits, however, have put Mr Nicholls as favourite, adding he would have the best chance of beating Labor at the next election.
Federal LNP Trade Minister Steven Ciobo said today's spill would not impact on the federal election campaign, expected to begin this weekend.
"I don't think for one moment though that any reasonable Queenslander would be viewing what's happening at a Queensland state level and thinking that that's going to in some way impact on the Coalition's clear national economic plan and our vision for the future of our nation."
Leadership challenge 'not a tenable base for renewal'
Griffith University Associate Professor of Politics Anne Tiernan said it was essential for the LNP to get its house in order.
"If they don't get their act together in Opposition and start building a policy case for being re-elected, then they're going to be out of office for a long time," she said.
She described the LNP's leadership challenge as "farcical".
"It's not a very tenable base for renewal and for the policy work that they need to do to be able to sustain themselves as more than a one-term government to be competitive.
"The LNP hasn't managed to do that since 1989. They've got some really serious leadership challenges and policy challenges and personnel challenges."
Source: ABC News