Back to basics for Springborg after leadership loss
BEING dumped as leader of any political party is a tough pill to swallow.
But for Lawrence Springborg, that's the game of politics.
The Southern Downs MP was dumped as the Queensland Opposition Leader this morning, with former treasurer Tim Nicholls taking his place.
Despite winning the first round of the ballot against Tim Mander, Mr Springborg came off second best to Mr Nicholls.
Reflecting on his three vote loss, Mr Springborg was philosophical.
"The mantle of leadership is the privilege of the party room," he said.
"The party room made their decision at the meeting and for me it's business as usual.
"That's the reality of politics, it's a matter of getting on with the job."
Speaking on his way back to the Southern Downs this afternoon, Mr Springborg said he was looking forward to spending more time in his electorate.
"It means I will have more time around the Southern Downs," he said.
"When you get the privilege of higher office it takes you away from the electorate."
While a seat in the Shadow Ministry for the now former-Opposition Leader is yet to be decided, Mr Springborg said it was a decision for the new leader.
"The saddest thing sometimes is people make claims they should be in a place," he said.
He was also tight-lipped on the issue of crossbenchers Rob Katter, Rob Pyne and Shane Knuth, who expressed their support for Mr Springborg prior to the spill.
"That's a matter between them," he said.
Mr Springborg wouldn't be drawn on what effect the spill would have on the LNP's lead over Labor in the polls, stating only that he hoped it wouldn't.
When asked if he'd stand again at the next election, the Southern Downs MP said that was a discussion he would have with his family.
However, Mr Springborg said he still believed in the LNP cause.
"I've still got an energy and a focus and a commitment to my electorate," he said.
Mr Nicholls has thanked Mr Springborg and his deputy John-Paul Langbroek for their leadership.
The former Opposition and Deputy Opposition Leaders issued a joint statement thanking their supporters.
They expressed their pride in taking the LNP for an "inexcusable" election loss to a lead over Labor in the polls.
"Together with the support of our members, our Parliamentary colleagues and Queenslanders themselves, we have built up the LNP and steered our party into an extremely strong electoral position against a Labor Government that is frozen at the wheel and unable to deliver economic confidence and the jobs that go with it," they said.
"After just 18 months in Opposition, the LNP now consistently polls in an election winning position and our membership and supporters across Queensland are fired up and ready to start delivering for Queensland again with an LNP government."
Mr Springborg and Mr Langbroek also expressed confidence in their new leader.
"We are very confident Tim Nicholls and Deb Frecklington will deliver for Queenslanders at the next State Election with an LNP victory," they said.