Mal Brough still kept engaging the community

OPINION: The writing has been on the wall for Mal Brough for some time but it was hard to decipher given the energy with which he has thrown himself into constituent engagement even after he dropped out of the Turnbull Ministry.

At a time he was organising a mammoth thank you day at Australia Zoo for community volunteers and holding a series of morning and afternoon teas across the electorate, a Plan B to end his political career was also being formulated.

Endorsed unanimously by his branch for pre-selection, his parting heads off a showdown with the State Executive that clearly wanted him gone.

The LNP State Executive was yesterday expected to have recommended against ratifying his preselection which would have taken the issue to today's State Council meeting at which 400 elected representatives and party officials are eligible to vote.

Mr Brough has also ignored the urging by branch members who were willing to back a bid for him to retain Fisher as an independent.

New construction to be started at RAAF. Defence Minister, Mal Brough. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times
New construction to be started at RAAF. Defence Minister, Mal Brough. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times Inga Williams

His decision to retire has therefore avoided major internal conflict within the party, something for which those at State Executive keen to see him gone, should be grateful.

Mr Brough's Plan B has also included him throwing his backing and supporter base behind a pre-selection bid by Whites IGA co-owner Roslyn White.

That sets up a potential showdown with Jarrod Bleijie whose state seat of Kawana is contained within the Fisher federal seat.

One thing certain is that this saga has some way to play.


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