John Harrison comments in the Brisbane Times (21.2.16) on Jeff Seeney’s declared interest in standing for pre-selection in Warren Truss’ soon-to-be vacant federal seat of Wide Bay. This follows Harrison’s other recent commentary, also in the Brisbane Times, regarding LNP party machinations (8.2.16) and internal leadership rumblings (18.1.16).
‘Jeff Seeney, former Newman Government deputy premier and Member for Callide, had a thought bubble last week. Why not replace Warren Truss as the federal Member for Wide Bay?
‘His mind was no doubt exercised by the departures of Truss, McFarlane, Brough and Robert, leaving the prolix George Brandis, the obdurate Peter Dutton and youthful Wyatt Roy to bat for Queensland. And all Liberals.
‘Furthermore another Liberal, Gold Coast MP Steve Ciobo, was sprinkled with Malcolm’s special pixie dust, succeeding Andrew Robb as Trade Minster. Robb, according to the farewell rhetoric, combined all the good qualities of Gandalf, Dumbledore and Obi Wan Kenobi. Never mind that the hard heads of the IMF and the Productivity Commission rated the trade deal gains as next to bugger all.’