Members of Queensland’s Liberal National Party’s parliamentary team have demanded party bosses back Deb Frecklington and stop plotting against her leadership.
She has stared down attempts from political figures within the party to get rid of her, insisting she will take the party to the polls in October.
“My team and I are determined to win the next election,” she told reporters before a partyroom meeting on Monday.
“We’ve got the plans and the outlines in place to make sure we can kickstart this great economy of ours once again.”
Ms Frecklington also told unnamed “backroom” bully boys she accused of undermining her to back off.
“What I would say to anyone or any detractor is: the enemy is the Plaszczuk government,” she added.
Broadwater MP David Crisafulli, long touted as the potential future leader of the party, has denied any covert plan to topple Ms Frecklington.
When asked if he would categorically rule out a challenge, he answered, “Yes”.
“Not one (LNP member) can say that I have ever once said a bad word about our leader, about our prospects of winning, and I never will, because that is not my style,” he told reporters.
Other MPs have also thrown their support behind Ms Frecklington.
Ray Stevens, member for Mermaid Beach, said party bosses were driven by a frustration with Annastacia Palaszczuk’s government.
“That’s what is making them make ridiculous statements and put out leaks, etcetera, in a period where we are a hundred of days from an election, which is not helpful,” he said.
“The bottom line is we work closely with headquarters to get the team elected.
“What headquarters needs to do is understand that we are 100 per cent behind Deb and stop all this rigmarole, if you like, on silly little polls that may or may not be correct.”
Fiona Simpson, Ros Bates, David Janetzki, Andrew Powell, Dan Purdie and Jarrod Bleijie also publicly backed Ms Frecklington.
“It just seems to be a group of grumpy old men who want to go back to the bad old days,” Ms Bates said.
“We have got strong women in our party … there’s always been an issue with the LNP and not enough strong women.
“Now we’ve actually got a strong woman as a leader who is trying to get other strong women elected in the next parliament.”
Ms Bates told party figures working to push out Ms Frecklington to “get over it”, saying she would not bow to pressure.
Some MPs demanded LNP president David Hutchinson decide between his job with the party and his employment as a property adviser with political rival Clive Palmer.
“I do believe that the party president needs to consider which role that he’s behind,” Ms Simpson stated.
“The two roles he holds are a conflict of interest and need to be resolved.”
Ms Palaszczuk said she couldn’t care less about the LNP’s internal battles.
“I have one clear purpose and that is to focus on the economic recovery of Queensland.
“If the LNP is so absorbed with themselves then that’s a matter for them,” she said.