In state politics, Lawrence Springborg is missing from the new Queensland opposition front bench. Tim Nicholls unveiled his recycled team today, and he has another role in mind for the man he replaced.

Joseph Ogilvie reports.


Lawrence Springborg cut a lonely figure walking down George Street this morning, left off the front bench for the first time in 18 years.

New leader Tim Nicholls says the decision was mutual.

Tim Nicholls, Opposition Leader: “Well I indicated to you all as I indicated to Lawrence that I was prepared to appoint him to any position that he thought would suit him and he very much indicated that would be his position.”

Mr Springborg will be the LNP’s nominee to chair the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee.

Scott Emerson was the big winner, the former transport spokesman promoted to Shadow Treasurer.

Tracey Davis, another former Newman government minister, has been promoted to Education, replacing vanquished leadership hopeful Tim Mander, who’s become Police Spokesman.

Burdekin MP Dale Last is one of six new faces in the Nicholls’ team.

A former police officer, he’s been appointed as Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Tim Nicholls: “Well known as a police officer from Mount Isa to Townsville and brings enthusiasm and experience to the role.”

Jeff Seeney, Campbell Newman’s deputy who’d most recently been on the backbench, has been promoted to Leader of Opposition Business.

Cameron Dick, Health Minister: “Now is the time for the LNP to stand up for Queensland, this is the time for them, for their voice to be heard.”

The new Nicholls team will be tested for the first time when parliament sits tomorrow.

In a tightly held parliament the LNP will be hoping its new look front bench is able to keep pressure on the Palaszczuk Government with the next election around two years away.

Joseph Ogilvie, QUT News.