Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan said if he had been the shadow minister for northern development, he would have been at North Queensland budget estimates today
Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan said if he had been the shadow minister for northern development, he would have been at North Queensland budget estimates today "with bells on and a lairy suit".

"She's rarer than the dodo up here": Costigan responds to MP

STATE government MP Coralee O'Rourke has lashed out at Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan for his failure to attend North Queensland budget estimates today.

Despite the concern, shadow minister for northern development Andrew Cripps was in attendance and Mr Costigan, who is shadow assistant minister for North Queensland, said that had always been the plan.

"I'm not the ministers opponent. I would love to be the assistant minister, we all have ambitions. But I'm not," Mr Costigan said.

"If I was, I would have been there with bells on and a lairy suit.

"To say the minister is barking up the wrong tree is an understatement. But it's a learning process for Coralee."

He also took a swipe at the minister, stating the accusation was a bit rich given she was "rarer than the dodo" in parts of his electorate.

His failure to attend had nothing to do with whether or not he enjoyed budget estimate meetings, he said.

Mr Costigan spent the day working in his Whitsunday electorate.

However, the minister assisting the premier on North Queensland Ms O'Rourke believed Mr Costigan's failure to attend revealed the LNP's lack of commitment for the north.

"What we saw from the LNP today was a complete lack of understanding and interest in the issues that are important to North Queenslanders," Mrs O'Rourke said.

"The Shadow Assistant Minister for North Queensland didn't even show up, letting his colleague Andrew Cripps do the dirty work pursuing personal attacks and misinformation," she said.

"The LNP is more interested in talking down the north and talking down my role as an advocate for the north, than what we are actually delivering for the region.



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