Springborg turns down Maranoa seat
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OPPOSITION Leader Lawrence Springborg confirmed to a large Brisbane crowd he would not put his hand up for pre-selection in the federal seat of Maranoa.
The Southern Downs MP said he had been approached about the western Queensland seat - which includes Warwick, Kingaroy and Roma - but he was committed to his role at a state level.
Speaking at a Queensland Media Club lunch, Mr Springborg repeatedly suggested an LNP return to government could happen any time in this hung parliament.
"I have answered this over and over," he said.
"I am totally and absolutely focused on Southern Downs and the LNP in Queensland.
"Do not underestimate my passion and commitment for getting this job done and for being able to pick up where we left off when we exited government on January 31 of this year."
When pressed for a firm answer on whether a federal seat beckoned, he said: "No".
It is understood the LNP in Queensland will be calling for nominations in the federal seat of Maranoa in the next month.
A spokeswoman for current Maranoa MP Bruce Scott said no decision had been made about whether he would stand for the as-yet unannounced election.
She said Mr Scott was out in drought-stricken communities in western Queensland this week and would not have contemplated his stance.
"He's given no pre-thought into what's happening with the next election. He's just keeping on with the job as the federal member for Maranoa," she said.