Glasson to stand for Rudd’s former seat

The ophthalmologist, who lost out to Mr Rudd at the federal election, yesterday confirmed he would stand for pre-selection for the Liberal Party.

Dr Glasson is not expected to be seriously challenged, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott supporting his candidacy and urging the Queensland state branch of the LNP to finalise the pre-selection process as soon as possible. 

Reducing the cost of living and the financial burden on small business are key election pledges, and it is hoped his close friendship with Mr Abbott will be a major asset.

Dr Glasson said Mr Rudd broke a promise to serve a full term and has treated voters with a degree of contempt.

"My suggestion is that the people of Griffith have had enough and they want the by-election out of the road as quickly as possible."