Punishing LNP MPs who backed abortion rights could ‘light the fuse’ for demerger

Ben Smee for The Guardian writes:

Leading moderates in the Queensland Liberal National party have warned that any recriminations against MPs who supported abortion rights would “light the fuse” for a demerger push.

Three MPs – Tim Nicholls, Steve Minnikin and Jann Stuckey – used their conscience vote in parliament to support the Palaszczuk government’s abortion decriminalisation bill.

The LNP state party room allowed MPs a conscience vote, but the party’s formal policy is for abortion to be a criminal offence. Next month, the LNP state council is expected to consider a motion by party members to ban Nicholls, Minnikin and Stuckey from seeking re-election.

Entsch, whose seat runs from Cairns to Cape York, said he was “told to show cause [by the party] because of my stand on gay marriage”.

He said any attempt to disendorse Nicholls, Minnikin or Stuckey would be “absolutely disgraceful”.



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