The Queensland Liberal National Party has elected a woman to the position of party president for the first time since its inception in 2008.
Cynthia Hardy was elected on August 3 after former president David Hutchinson resigned on July 31 following months of internal party tensions with the Queensland parliamentary leader, Deb Frecklington.
Hardy has been a member of the LNP since 2009 and until Hutchinsons resignation was the vice president of the party in Queensland.
Hardy will now help Frecklington, also the first woman appointed to her role, to guide the LNP to the Queensland election in October.
Hutchinsons resignation will put to rest months of internal LNP disagreements after Hutchinson was allegedly accused of leaking of damning LNP polling on Frecklingtons popularity, and for his consulting job with political rival Clive Palmer.
At the time of the scandal in June, federal Queensland LNP member of Parliament and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton publically called for Hutchinsons resignation.
“This is a serious issue,” Dutton said. “Its unacceptable to have a situation where polling is commissioned by the party and then for the purposes of releasing it against the state leader; to destabilise the state leader.”
“You cant work in a direct employment relationship for the principal of another political party and then be the president of our party at the same time. I think he accepted that and he advised me last night that he was going to resign from that position of employment, but he needs to resign now from the position of party president,” Dutton said.