Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg.
Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg. Jenna Cairney

Springborg retains seat

MEMBER for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg not only comfortably retained his seat in the state election at the weekend, he became part of history as his Liberal National Party was swept to power with an overwhelming majority.

Mr Springborg said he was certain voters made the right choice.

"What we saw across Queensland on Saturday night was the Labor Party's votes crash into oblivion," he said.

"I think fundamentally people were sick of Labor not listening to them anymore.

"These statewide results were very strong for the LNP.

"It brings with it great responsibility and acting with great humility."

Mr Springborg is excited about being back in government again after 13 years in opposition.

"Now there are so many things we have the opportunity to do," he said.

"We want to reduce the cost of living, revamp essential services and settle the conflict between mining CSG and agriculture and address a whole range of things."

It is possible Mr Springborg will be offered a cabinet position in the new LNP Government.

"If Campbell Newman decided to have that discussion with me I would be happy to have that discussion, but I'm not going to speculate," he said.

"No matter what happens, I'm going to keep working very hard on behalf of my constituents."

 

For the record

  • Youngest member of Parliament at age 21, winning seat of Carnarvon in 1989.
  • At 29, became Queensland's youngest ever member of Cabinet when he was sworn in as Minister for Natural Resources in 1998.
  • In 1999, after the Coalition lost government, was elected Deputy Leader of the Opposition.
  • Elected Leader of the Opposition in 2003.
  • Resigned as Leader of The Nationals, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Queensland Coalition following the 2006 State Election. However, re-elected to the positions in 2008.
  • Instrumental in the creation of the Liberal National Party.
  • Resigned as Deputy Leader on 22 March, 2011, after Campbell Newman announced he was launching a challenge for the LNP leadership.
  • Won his Southern Downs seat again on Saturday, claiming 66% of the votes.

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