Bruce McIver.
Bruce McIver.

LNP ready for a by-election: McIver

A MOTHER of all reality checks was how the LNP state president described the party's 2015 Queensland election loss.

Bruce McIver told 700 people gathered for the Liberal National Party's state convention that the historic sacking of the Newman Government was a protest vote gone too far.

About 600 delegates and 100 observers gathered for the conference, which began on Friday and will finish on Sunday.

Mr McIver told members many of the LNP's rookie MPs had forgotten their greatest assets - members.

"A loss so soon after a stunning win; many were shocked," he said.

"Our State Government ... took on too many fights and did not bring Queenslanders or party people with them."

But Mr McIver quoted the saying "what does not kill you, makes you stronger" in reference to the party.

LNP members are already rallying themselves for a possible by-election in Pumicestone, north of Brisbane, and have started letterbox drops to promote the party.

Allegations have been made against the electorate's Labor MP, Rick Williams and they are being investigated by police.

During the three-day convention, members will vote on more than 50 resolutions put forward by its branches, the LNP Women, the Young LNP and parliamentary standing committee.

The motions include confiscating mobile phones from drivers not using appropriate hands-free equipment; and making it not compulsory for adult cyclists to wear helmets.

READ MORE: Calls to take phones off motorists talking while driving

Concessional drought assistance loans for drought-affected families was one of a handful of proposals discussed on Friday.

The motion was passed. -


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