MP urges poll be held as soon as possible

WRIGHT MP Scott Buccholz believes his electorate has made its mind up on who should lead the country and an election should be held as soon as possible.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was asked by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to bring the election date forward from September 14 into August, but the date is yet to be changed.

Mr Buccholz, whose seat includes the Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim, said the voting public was ready to have its say.

"It doesn't worry me one way or the other," he said.

"I think the voters across Queensland have had it up to their back teeth with the federal Parliament. But I genuinely believe from talking to my people the sooner the better."

Mr Buccholz said voters could not be sure who the Labor leader would be after the election.

"Our candidate is Tony Abbott and he will lead our party if we are successful," Mr Buccholz said. "But I believe Labor will not be able to help itself and in the not to distant future there will be another leadership challenge."

Labor MP for Oxley Bernie Ripoll told The Queensland Times he was prepared for any election date.

"I will accept whatever the election date is," he said.

Labor MP for Blair Shayne Neumann said Mr Buccholz should be more concerned with looking out for his electorate instead of focusing on internal Labor politics.

He said the leadership of every political party was decided after each election.

"Kevin Rudd has been elected decisively by the caucus and I'm very proud to be once again running in his team," Mr Neumann said.

"Mr Buccholz's comments are misplaced and his focus should be on his constituents."



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