NO COMMENT: Independent candidate for Gympie Scott Elms was keeping quiet about the demise of Member for Gympie David Gibson yesterday.
NO COMMENT: Independent candidate for Gympie Scott Elms was keeping quiet about the demise of Member for Gympie David Gibson yesterday. Patrick Woods

Elms’ claims public support but is silent on Gibson

THE man who brought to light Member for Gympie David Gibson's criminal past, Scott Elms, yesterday declined to comment on Mr Gibson's decision not to stand for re-election.

Mr Elms said he would not make any comment because Mr Gibson had not yet officially resigned or been replaced.

The Rainbow Beach businessman is on the record as saying he would not stand for the state seat of Gympie if Mr Gibson was not in the race.

The political fight between Mr Gibson and his former supporter began on April 1 when Mr Elms stood against Mr Gibson for LNP pre-selection.

The catalyst for the challenge was the release of the Inskip Point draft master plan, which Mr Elms, a pro-development supporter, said was doomed to fail.

On Friday, April 4 the LNP expelled Mr Elms from the party because he went public in his attempt to oust Mr Gibson. Mr Elms then announced his plan to stand as an independent candidate against Mr Gibson.

On Tuesday, April 22 Mr Elms upped the ante, releasing ACT court documents to the media and LNP members, which showed Mr Gibson had stolen more than $7000 from the Australian Army in 1999.

Mr Gibson had no conviction recorded. Mr Elms also set up a website with other claims against Mr Gibson.

The next day Mr Gibson hit back saying he was taking legal action against Mr Elms, claiming he had been a victim of political blackmail, intimidation and mud raking.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman then weighed in on the matter, referring concerns of blackmail, by Mr Elms, to the Police Commissioner and to the Speaker.

Last Friday Mr Gibson announced he was suffering a mental breakdown and went on sick leave.

He revealed he would not stand for re-election.

Mr Elms said yesterday the past couple of weeks had been hard work, but if he achieved his goal of making Queensland a more open and fair place, it would be worthwhile.

"When I started this journey I was just a bloke trying to do the right thing; I really thought it was a no-brainer," Mr Elms said.

"In the last couple of weeks I have received overwhelming support from the public regarding the stand I've taken.

"To me, this confirms that my efforts to have the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act amended so people can really know who they're voting for has been the right thing to do.

"This is something the community are telling me they really want.

"A lot of people have asked me the question, where to from here?

"The answer to that is, until the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act is changed to reflect community expectation I will continue the campaign.

"I'm now looking to get as many people as possible to petition the government to amend the act."

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