MAL Brough’s decision to quit politics has resulted in a feverish scramble for LNP endorsement for Fisher.
MAL Brough’s decision to quit politics has resulted in a feverish scramble for LNP endorsement for Fisher. Inga Williams

Fisher hopefuls face grilling ahead of LNP vote

THE field of six vying for pre-selection as the endorsed LNP candidate for the seat of Fisher at the next federal election is in the middle of a gruelling examination by branch members.

The resignation of Mal Brough, who is standing down after only one term in the seat under pressure from an unresolved Australian Federal Police inquiry into his involvement in the Slippergate scandal, has drawn a strong field for what has been a blue ribbon conservative seat.

The candidates are former Sunshine Coast Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson, Cherish Life Sunshine Coast branch president Con Hughes, LNP Women's Branch president Teresa Craig, barrister Andrew Wallace, Federal Minister for Trade and Investment staffer Ben Murphy and business woman Roz White of Whites IGA stores.

Each gave three-minute presentations to Maroochydore branch members at Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club this week with a similar format planned for the Maleny Masonic hall from 3-4pm on Saturday.

Ms White will be missing from the April 12 party member forum on April 12 due to her commitments at the launch of the Queensland Business Women of the Year awards. She was the Sunshine Coast's Outstanding Business Woman of the Year winner in 2015.

The LNP's candidate for Fisher will be selected by a vote of party members at the University of the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre on April 17.

The final vote will come in the form of a series of ballots after each candidate makes an eight-minute address followed by a question and answer session.

The ALP pre-selected Buddina resident, business man Bill Gissane in mid 2015.


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