HE'S IN: Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd in his Gladstone office on 3 April, 2018.
HE'S IN: Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd in his Gladstone office on 3 April, 2018. Matt Taylor GLA030418KENO

FIGHT FOR FLYNN: Time's up for LNP preselection hopefuls

FLYNN MP Ken O'Dowd has officially filed his paperwork to stand as the LNP's candidate at the next federal election, putting him in the running for a fourth straight term in parliament.

The deadline for Mr O'Dowd and any potential challengers to file for LNP preselection passed on Monday.

It is not yet known whether Mr O'Dowd will face any challengers, and the LNP's notoriously tight-lipped preselection process means that information may not become public for several weeks.

Flynn was mentioned as a potential lower-house target for Senator Matt Canavan last year, but the Senator on Thursday issued a statement all but confirming he was not in the running.

"I was elected to a six-year Senate term for the Nationals in 2016 and I will continue to serve Queensland in that role and in my work as the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia," he said.

The Observer also understands former Banana Shire mayor Ron Carige, once rumoured as a possible candidate for higher office, has not put his hand up for the seat.


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