Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan
Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan Troy Kippen

Jason Costigan wants LNP deputy role

FIREWORKS can be expected in the LNP party room on Tuesday.

Inland mayor John Wharton this week lashed out at the LNP's dismal state election performance, saying the party needed an urgent leadership review.

"They just sat there waiting for the ALP to make a mistake. They need some big changes at the top. The deputy, Deb Frecklington, is a nice lady but she didn't have an impact on the campaign," he said.

The reinstated Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan agreed, and said that while Ms Frecklington visited North Queensland several times during the campaign, "she didn't shift any votes to us".

Yesterday he signalled his ambitions to become deputy leader of the party.

He said he wanted fresh, strong leadership after the poor result for the LNP in North Queensland. He was only interested in winning and would support a "new leadership team", but the ambitious third term member said he wanted the deputy leader role.

"If we are serious about getting into power, then we have to drive the vote back north in the tropics," he said. The party had to think beyond a 200km radius from Brisbane, a thinly veiled swing at Ms Frecklington, whose seat of Nanango is within 200km of the city. "I know my geography," he said. Cr Wharton supported Mr Costigan, saying he had been expected to lose his seat but instead had increased his margin.



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