Lawrence Springborg to face LNP leadership spill: Tim Nicholls, Tim Mander to challenge at 11 am

Queenslanders could have a new Opposition Leader this afternoon, with a spill motion to be moved at an LNP partyroom meeting at 11:00am.

Lawrence Springborg called the meeting to end the persistent questions over his leadership of the party.

Former treasurer Tim Nicholls and former opposition education spokesman Tim Mander have so far announced their interest, and both have reportedly courted Deb Frecklington to be their deputy.

Liberal National Party veteran Jeff Seeney will move a motion to declare the leadership positions vacant, and if the motion has enough support, a spill will begin.

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

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