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The Nationals Pay Tribute to Ousted Senator


The LNP Preselection process in Queensland saw the longest serving Senator in Australia, Liberal Senator Ian MacDonald and long serving Nationals Senator Barry O’Sullivan put in unwinnable positions on the LNP Senate ticket for the next election.

Leader of The Nationals Michael McCormack has acknowledged Barry O’Sullivan’s service in the Senate on behalf of the party.


"Senator O’Sullivan is a tremendous advocate for Queensland, especially willing to stand up and fight for rural and regional Queenslanders,” Mr McCormack said.

“Since joining the Senate in 2014, he has championed issues on behalf of farmers such as drought policy and rural banking and finance.

“He has also held a number of important positions for The Nationals during his Senate service.

“These include being The Nationals Whip in the Senate and Co-Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee and References Committee where he has provided invaluable input and insight into inquiries concerning policy issues critical to the Australian agricultural sector including the Murray Darling Basin and other areas such as regional air services.

Deputy Leader of The Nationals and Senate colleague Bridget McKenzie said she sincerely thanked Senator O’Sullivan for his service for Queensland.

“There has been no bigger fighter for the bush,” Senator McKenzie said.

Their successors will be mining executive Paul Scarr who received first place following the preselection, Super Butcher Group Managing Director Susan McDonald who received second place and finance executive Gerard Rennick who received third place.

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