Gibson positive on future
GYMPIE MP David Gibson says reports of his career death are greatly exaggerated, after his recent enough disagreement with LNP leader John-Paul Langbroek.
Mr Gibson had complained publicly about his demotion by Mr Langbroek, which was announced in public by the leader, without any prior discussion with Mr Gibson or other state Opposition MPs.
Mr Gibson announced on September 22 that he had been demoted, with the removal of the Planning part of his Infrastructure and Planning portfolio.
Speaking in Mary Street the previous day, an outraged Mr Gibson had said that, like all his Opposition colleagues, he had been kept in the dark and only learned of his fate through the media.
“We all woke up this morning to an article in the Brisbane Times (an online publication) alluding to a Cabinet reshuffle,” he told The Gympie Times.
Speaking to reporters in Brisbane, he described Mr Langbroek’s leadership as “unpredictable.”
The following day he removed himself from the rest of the portfolio as well, resigning altogether from the shadow Cabinet.
“The reason for my resignation is that I stand by the comments I made in the media this week and as such, it is inappropriate that I remain in the Shadow Cabinet,” he said at the time.
“I have no leadership aspirations at this time.”
A spokesperson for Mr Langbroek said Mr Gibson’s move to the back bench was by mutual agreement.
But Mr Gibson said yesterday that he remained ambitious and positive.
“I think that with being an MP and as I’ve always done in my working life, I’ve always wanted to perform at a level that is commensurate with my ability,” he said yesterday. “I think I have a lot to offer the community and I would welcome the chance to sit on the front bench at some time in the future.”