Nats’ pick faces challenge

FEDERAL POLITICS:

Just days after his preselection, moves are afoot to dump Mackay Mayor Andrew Willcox as the National Party’s candidate in Dawson, the seat being vacated at the next election by colourful MP George Christensen.

The preselection contest at the weekend was necessary after Mr Christensen announced in April that he would not recontest the next election.

But political newcomer, Mackay woman Kristen St George, (main picture) said she was determined to have the weekend decision overturned and a new preselection contest held.

“I think it’s an outrage that the National Party was faced with a choice consisting of three men to replace mmmm…..errr, Mr Christensen,” the previously unknown Ms St George said.

“At a time when women should be represented a lot more in both our Federal Parliament and in the National Party, they picked a man from among three men to go to Canberra.

“I don’t think that decision should stand and I am prepared to continue campaigning until the Nats overturn Cr Willcox’s preselection.

“I’ll then be lodging my nomination in a bid to have a crack at representing the people of Dawson again. I mean, representing the people of Dawson.”

Mr Christensen could not be contacted for comment on the selection of his potential successor.

However, since his announcement in April there has been speculation that Mr Christensen has had second thoughts with stories circulating in both Mackay and Canberra suggesting the MP wanted to run again and seek a Cabinet post if the Morrison Liberal-National Government is re-elected.