Senator tips Littleproud as future minister, Nats leader
HE MAY not have been elected to the Federal parliament yet, but already LNP candidate for Maranoa David Littleproud has been tipped as a future cabinet minister.
The Warwick businessman, who was pre-selected for the safe LNP seat in October, was praised by a prominent Queensland senator during a visit to the Rose City yesterday.
Senator James McGrath described Mr Littleproud as "one of the best politicians" he'd ever worked with.
"David is a future cabinet minister, I actually think he'll be a future leader for the National party," he said.
"This guy has got it... he will work hard to make sure the Maranoa gets what it deserves."
Littleproud and McGrath toured Akooramak yesterday morning, hitting the campaign trail ahead of a possible early election in July.
For Mr Littleproud, the date of the election matters little in his campaign.
"It's been about trying to get out there from day dot and getting around and meeting people, more importantly listening to people," he said.
"It's about listening to them, listening to the people of Maranoa about the issues that are important to them."
Mr Littleproud listed telecommunications, road, rail and aged care as areas of concern among voters.
"We'll have the NBN here in Warwick in the first half of next year and that's really important about us being part of the global economy," he said.
"The Eight Mile is important obviously, we're continuing to work towards trying to put some investment in that," he said.
"Also obviously the New England Highway going down to Stanthorpe we need to continue to do some more work on it."
He also met with Southern Downs mayor-elect Tracy Dobie, promising to work closely as "an extension of the local council".
While he conceded there were no "rivers of gold" for councils, Mr Littleproud stated he would be working as an "economic development officer" for the council.
"If I am fortunate enough to win and they (the council) come to Canberra, my office will be their office," he said.
"The reality is we need to work closely together - it is a competitive world out there to get funding and so it is important we work closely ."
The LNP candidate could be elected as soon as July 2, with a double dissolution election tipped to be called after a joint session of parliament on April 18.
Ahead of the joint session of parliament, Senator McGrath had some strong words for his colleagues about the LNP's Australian Building and Construction Commission Bill .
"We're saying to Labor, the Greens and the crossbenchers you have to make a choice about what we do with trade union corruption," he said.
"If the crossbenchers, Greens and Labor say we don't want to pass this bill, then we'll have an election on July 2."
McGrath, the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister had faith voters across the country will re-elect the LNP, regardless of an early dissolution election.
"It comes down to leadership, Malcolm has totally put his leadership and the country's future on the line in relation to what happens with the Australian Building and Construction Commission Bill," he said.
"I think they (the voters) will think its the right thing to do
"I think they will return us but we've got to work a lot harder to make sure that they agree with us."