I have now formally applied to be the Liberal National Party (LNP) candidate for the federal seat of Griffith — going head to head with Kevin Rudd.
Over the past few weeks I have been discussing this option with friends, both inside and outside the LNP. Most people have been encouraging. The more I thought about it, the more I liked it… but it was the Friday meeting with the LNP candidate review committee and Sunday’s meeting with the Griffith FDC chair that made me certain that this was something I should pursue.
The Griffith electorate is inner-south Brisbane — including left-leaning West End (70% ALP vote 2PP last election), Kangaroo Point, the Gabba, Greenslopes and Carina. It is the safest ALP seat in Qld, being held by 12.3%. It is one of those seats sometimes referred to as a “dead red” because it is such a safe ALP seat.
But while I don’t have much chance of success, the appealing thing about running in Griffith is that I can run directly against Kevin Rudd… who I think is doing significant damange to the Australian economy and deserves a slap down. I look forward to directly challenging Rudd to explain the relationship between foreign borrowing, the exchange rate, and net exports. The scary thing about Rudd is not that he lies about these things, but that he honestly doesn’t understand them.
But first things first. I am not yet the endorsed LNP candidate. And now that we’re in holiday season, that hurdle will have to wait until next year.