Leadership manoeuvring has started within diminished LNP ranks as a number of surviving senior MPs considering the possibility of challenging for the Queensland party’s top job.
The ABC understands serious phone calls started today with three people — John-Paul Langbroek (a former LNP leader), deputy leader Deb Frecklington and Tim Mander — positioning themselves to challenge.
It is unclear whether Tim Nicholls will fight to retain his role as LNP leader in the wake of the election result.
He is yet to concede to Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk, saying he was determined to wait until final votes were in.
But LNP Burdekin candidate Dale Last has told the ABC that Mr Nicholls would “find it very, very tough to hang onto that job”.
Early last week, Mr Langbroek said he was not ruling out a bid for the leadership, although at that stage he said it was too early to discuss the matter.
“I’ll wait to see what the results are,” he said.
Born-again MP David Crisafulli was also understood to be vying for a spot after winning the safe northern Gold Coast seat of Broadwater.
He had been parachuted into the LNP stronghold seat after losing his North Queensland-based seat of Mundingburra in 2015.
The day after the election, Mr Crisafulli came out strongly, declaring that those who had worked hard had achieved good results in a move widely read as presenting his leadership credentials.
“It was an election where, if you were prepared to do some work, that you would be able to get a good result,” he said.
However, it was seen as a slap in the face to the likes of shadow ministers Scott Emerson and Ian Walker and sitting MPs like Tarnya Smith in Mount Ommaney who lost their seats.
Sources have told the ABC his actions did not go down well with other senior LNP members, and Mr Crisafulli would not have the numbers to win a leadership contest.
Commenting on the fall in support for the LNP, Mr Crisafulli said last week he believed Queenslanders felt disillusioned with the political process.
“Before we begin looking at ourselves as a party, I think we need to look at ourselves as a movement, and I think the political class at the moment is really distrusted and we owe it to people to start rebuilding that trust,” he said.