Queensland Labor will open nominations for pre-selection on Monday, except in the premier’s electorate because it suspects he will run elsewhere.
Queensland Labor won’t open nominations in Campbell Newman’s seat for next year’s state election because it suspects the premier will change electorates.
But the premier’s office says it’s rubbish, and Mr Newman will definitely run again in his inner-Brisbane seat of Ashgrove.
Labor state secretary Anthony Chisholm says nominations for most seats will open on Monday, although 11 pre-selections were determined before Christmas.
However, Labor won’t open nominations for Ashgrove until Mr Newman’s intentions were made clear.
“We are coming to the view that we think that Campbell Newman will jump ship out of Ashgrove,” Mr Chisholm told Fairfax Radio on Wednesday.
“We think there is a bit happening behind the scenes with the LNP (Liberal National Party).”
Mr Newman has repeatedly said he intends to run again in Ashgrove. A Galaxy poll in February suggested he could lose his seat.
A spokesman for the premier said on Wednesday: “Mr Chisholm’s claim is pathetic, disingenuous and typical of the grubby smear and gutter politics that is the hallmark of the Australian Labor Party.”
Mr Chisholm said he expected there would be a “really good mix” of fresh faces and former MPs standing for Labor at the next election.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk earlier this week said she hoped Bligh-era ministers, including former Ashgrove MP Kate Jones, would reapply.
The party was committed to keeping Ms Palaszczuk as opposition leader, Mr Chisholm said.