LNP Conference
LNP Conference

Election war cry: ‘We must fight harder‘

LNP President Dave Hutchinson has taken a swipe at AgForce and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Queensland for not doing enough to help elect a conservative government in Queensland.

He also referenced the latest development in Jackie Trad's investment property integrity saga, in a speech to the LNP State Council on the Gold Coast this morning, telling members: "If schadenfreude had a face it would look like Curtis Pitt."

LNP President David Hutchinson at the LNP conference earlier this year. Picture: Richard Gosling/AAP
LNP President David Hutchinson at the LNP conference earlier this year. Picture: Richard Gosling/AAP

Mr Hutchinson said he believed the LNP was on its own as it campaigned ahead of the October 2020 state election amid Labor's developer donation ban and looming new campaign spending cap rules.

"We are on our own in this endeavour. Many might opine that third party organisations such as chambers of commerce, AgForce and others will come riding to our rescue," he said.

"Well I'm here to say don't count on that."

Mr Hutchinson pointed to a recent piece penned by AgForce's CEO in which he declared the body would not support one side of politics over the other.

"To that I say you could double exactly what it is that you do and it would still amount to nothing," the LNP president said.

"There is only one party that can form government and protect the rights of AgForce members and it is not the Labor Party."

Mr Hutchinson also pointed to recent comments made by the CCIQ which he said were favourable to Treasurer Jackie Trad.

"Ladies and gentleman I am here to tell you that for the next 12 months it is up to us and it is only up to us to win the next state election."

"This time around the LNP, we must go against our political nature and fight harder and get into the political trenches."

Mr Hutchinson, however, said it was not all bad, praising LNP Leader Deb Frecklington and her team and pointing to the integrity sagas that have rocked Labor this year.

"Only this morning we wake to read that the Speaker has referred Jackie Trad to the Ethics Committee," he said.

"The Speaker claims his hands were tied but if schadenfreude had a face it would look like Curtis Pitt."


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