Gibson says defection pointless
THE LNP will continue to work hard to give Queensland an alternative government option despite the defection of two members to the parliamentary cross-benches this week.
Member for Gympie David Gibson yesterday said the resignations of Aidan McLindon and Rob Messenger from the Liberal National Party, while disappointing, did not mean the LNP should walk away from its aims.
“I’m disappointed they’ve made the decisions they have,” he said.
“I would have hoped they would have worked within the party to address their concerns instead of taking the stand they have to sit as Independents.”
Mr Gibson compared the Independent stand to two modern day political mavericks in the Federal parliament – Bob Katter and Barnaby Joyce.
“I look at these two people described as mavericks and see Barnaby Joyce has delivered more by being inside a party and working with his colleagues than Bob Katter has achieved as an Independent.
“The Birdsville amendment is an example of this where though the Liberals opposed it, Barnaby got it through the parliament by working within the parliament,” he said.
The Birdsville amendment is designed to stop large corporations from coming into regions and undercutting small business to the point where they are forced to shut, allowing the large company to jack up prices to whatever level they wish.
“Bob Katter, while a good local member, has failed to deliver anything as an Independent,” Mr Gibson said.
He said he had disagreements with the party and opposed its stand on issues, one being the regionalisation of hospital boards, which he spoke against on the floor of parliament despite LNP support of it.
Mr Gibson said the argument that Independents could give better representation than party-aligned politicians was rubbish.
“The only time it will work in Independent’s favour is when they have the balance of power,” Mr Gibson said.
“Saying that they will make parliament better in Queensland is a joke, they would have had more influence within a party than they will have on their own.
“Politics is a team sport and has been that way for a long time,” Mr Gibson said.