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Candidates for LNP's ticket for QLD Senator 'impressive'

A FORMER campaign mastermind, Barnaby Joyce's aide and the incumbent have all landed on the Liberal National Party's ticket for Queensland Senator.

Senator Ian Macdonald will lead the ticket, as he has done since 1990 with the other two poised to take the positions of outgoing senators Ron Boswell and Sue Boyce when they retire in 2014.

Political strategist James McGrath - who worked on Premier Campbell Newman's election campaign - took the number two spot.

Mr McGrath has been publicly backed by senior Liberals including Malcolm Turnbull but failed to best former minister Mal Brough to be pre-selected for the now-independent Peter Slipper's seat of Fisher on the Sunshine Coast.

Matthew Canavan was another strong contender, with a background in economics and current chief of staff to Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce.

The remaining three in order on the ticket were Chamber of Commerce and Industry past president David Goodwin, scientist and business owner Dr Theresa Craig and barrister Amanda Stoker.

LNP state director Brad Henderson said Mr McGrath and Mr Canavan did not face-off against each other because one would represent the Nationals element and the other was from a Liberal background.

A total of 16 fought for the places, with presentations, and exhaustive ballots running for more than 12 hours on Saturday.

Mr Henderson said the 300-strong LNP leadership team selecting the candidates were impressed by the field.

"There were people who didn't make the ticket but were extremely high quality candidates."

Topics:  barnaby joyce, ian macdonald, liberal national party, queensland senator


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