I'm not going anywhere: Scott
FEDERAL Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott is remaining adamant about his political future in the wake of fresh developments around a rumoured move to the lower house of parliament by Queensland LNP leader Senator Barnaby Joyce.
With Senator Joyce understood to have been eyeing off either Maranoa or the New South Wales seat of New England - held by independent Tony Windsor - moves within the NSW Nationals later this week may seal the deal for the maverick Senator from St George.
A meeting due to be held either on Friday or Saturday between federal Nationals leader Warren Truss and high-profile NSW state independent MP Richard Torbay is expected to result in Mr Torbay announcing he will run for New England, in a bid to oust Mr Windsor at the next federal election.
With the popular Mr Torbay expected to be a shoe-in for New England, Senator Joyce would only be left with Maranoa as an option, meaning he would have to mount a challenge against Mr Scott, whose seat takes in Warwick and Stanthorpe.
Mr Scott yesterday declined to comment on the looming Torbay development and the possibility of a challenge for his safe federal seat, the largest in Queensland.
The veteran MP and former minister instead insisted he had "every intention" of renominating and even had a shot at his own leader, Mr Truss, for publicly heaping praise on Mr Torbay in recent days.
"From Warwick to Winton and from Blackbutt to Birdsville, I remain passionate about this electorate and will continue to work for it," Mr Scott declared.
"I am fit and healthy, hale and hearty and I have every intention of renominating.
"I really don't want to speculate about hypotheticals, nor do I believe that leaders should do the same.
"We need to remain focused on getting LNP candidates into Labor seats in Queensland and our own seats can be dealt with further down the track."
Mr Torbay yesterday confirmed he would meet with Mr Truss in the coming days about New England.
He said depending on the outcome he would make an announcement about running for the seat against Mr Windsor, who, along with Senator Joyce, he has trounced in party polling.
"You never take votes for granted, but yes I am keen to consider running for New England," Mr Torbay said.
"I will be meeting with Mr Truss in Armidale in the next few days and following that I'll make an announcement."
The Daily News contacted Senator Joyce for comment yesterday but he had not returned our calls by time of printing last night. He was remaining tight-lipped on radio yesterday about any plans to challenge for Maranoa.