Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Nicholls to Contest Leadership

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Nicholls to Contest Leadership

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LNP sources say Tim Mander was set up as a stalking horse for a leadership challenge from Tim Nicholls with the backing of former Newman government deputy Premier Jeff Seeney.

It is expected Mr Mander, a former NRL referee, will be the first eliminated when Mr Seeney moves a leadership spill at a meeting of LNP parliamentarians called by Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg for 11am today.

That would leave the contest between Mr Nicholls and Mr Springborg, with sources saying there needed to be a clear winner to ensure the issue is resolved.

The leadership has remained an issue since Mr Springborg narrowly won it in a tight vote by dispirited survivors of the state election debacle.

There is pessimism the outcome will be clear cut, with it more likely to be a close contest between the pair. Party insiders says Labor is looking on gleefully and would be considering an election later this year to take advantage of the disunity among the Opposition. …

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