National Party is a voice for the regions

1st December 2017 3:05 PM
REGIONAL VOICE: Maranoa MP David Littleproud. REGIONAL VOICE: Maranoa MP David Littleproud. Tobi Loftus

NATIONALS Member for Maranoa David Littleproud says he is a supporter of the LNP but believes his federal National Party colleagues must have their own voice.

The fallout from the Queensland state election has led to speculation there could be a rift between the Liberal and National Parties.

Mr Littleproud has poured cold water on the topic, saying the LNP was valuable for Queensland politics. However, he said his fellow federal National members needed to champion their own polices going forward.

"What we are saying as Queensland National members is that we should campaign as National Party members, because we are solely focused on regional and rural Australia,” Mr Littleproud said.

"By us being within the LNP, unfortunately what has happened is our message is being diluted because we get the Canberra, the centralised, campaign message that doesn't resonate with people in regional or rural Australia.

"If we were to de-merge (in Queensland) and have a three-corner contest, what history has shown us is that Labor will win those elections every time, because we are splitting the conservative vote further. It makes sense to have the LNP.”

A surge in support of Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party, was a contributing factor in the LNP's failure on Saturday. The split in the conservative vote, plus the right-wing party's preferences for Labor shaped the result.

Mr Littleproud said if the same thing happened federally, then votes for One Nation were effectively votes for the Labor Party.

"By voting One Nation, you have voted in an Annastacia Palaszczuk government, and that will happen federally,” he said.

"If you want Bill Shorten as prime minister... do exactly the same as what has happened in the state election.”