Ted the new LNP deputy whip
HIS SUSTAINED stint as Hervey Bay’s first citizen is one of the main reasons the leader of the LNP picked up the phone and dialled Ted Sorensen’s number at the weekend.
“My background as mayor and holding a team together,” Mr Sorensen said yesterday when asked the reason for his appointment on Monday as the party’s deputy whip.
“I didn’t expect it.”
The last mayor of Hervey Bay wasn’t giving anything away about the conversation he had with John-Paul Langbroek when he got the call.
Mr Langbroek said Mr Sorensen would help the Opposition’s chief whip, Mike Horan, in organising MPs during Parliament sittings.
“The whip and deputy whip perform a range of duties for the leader including organising speaking lists, ensuring attendance for votes and counting votes during divisions on legislation and motions in the Parliament,” he said.
“In some respects, the whip and deputy whip are like the team managers or coaches who organise the MPs when Parliament is sitting.
“Ted has been doing a great job as the Member for Hervey Bay.”
Members from all over Qld returned to parliament in Brisbane yesterday after the summer recess, with Mr Sorensen adamant the increase in responsibility would not detract from his efforts on behalf of Hervey Bay.
“It gives me a real insight into the running of parliament, especially as a new kid on the block. It will be good for learning the finer points of politics and getting to know the acts.”