Premier’s claim shows his MPs let Coast down

A POLITICIAN who will quit his Brisbane seat to challenge Jarrod Bleijie in Kawana at the next state election has called on the Sunshine Coast's six LNP members of parliament to lift their game.

Carl Judge said yesterday the Premier's claim that he didn't know what the

region wanted was an indictment of the communication skills of the five Cabinet ministers and Speaker who represent the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Judge, the current Member for Yeerongpilly, will stand for Palmer United Party against Mr Bleijie.

He said the Attorney-General was out of his depth in the ministerial portfolio and needed to be removed by the Premier.

"These MPs need to take the region seriously,'' Mr Judge said.

"The Sunshine Coast would do better to have people representing them who were committed for the right reasons and not just their political careers.

"The region has a collection of LNP members who year, in year out are failing the Sunshine Coast. There's a need for a change."

Mr Judge said several laws introduced by Mr Bleijie had been widely criticised because they were not evidence based.

"The LNP has dud policies that create false hope,'' he said.

"Political slogans don't solve community problems."

Endorsed Labor candidate for Caloundra Jason Hunt said he found it staggering for the Premier to claim he did not know what the region wanted.

"Our local State LNP MPs either do not know what their electorates need, or if they do know they are not speaking to the Premier,'' Mr Hunt said.

"There is no other conclusion that can be drawn from the Premier's statements.

"The LNP, in one form or another, have held most Sunshine Coast seats for almost a century and that is not a joke.

"In Caloundra you have to go back almost to the First World War to find a non-LNP member.

"So what have they been doing for the last 70-odd years?

"It is incredible that the Premier and local MPs should try to blame the local council for their own lack of knowledge about their own electorates."

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