Days after announcing her resignation Currumbin LNP MP Jann Stuckey has lashed out at her own party for a “cone of silence type of vilification” over her decision to vote in favour of Labor’s bill to legalise abortion in 2018.
Ms Stuckey said last week she would leave politics citing her ongoing battle with depression and the “ridicule and abuse” that she said was taking its toll on her mental health.
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But she told the Macquarie Radio Network this morning her support for decriminalising abortion led to her being ostracised by fellow party members.
“The vilification was a cone of silence type of vilification,” she said.
“So I had to read about how angry they were in the papers because not one of them had the guts to actually speak to me about why I made this decision.
“It’s this cone of silence and this lack of communication that’s so damaging.
“Labor cannot deny their culture of bullying because they’re masters at it but the LNP operate in a cone of silence and do not communicate.”
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has previously stated that Ms Stuckey was “relentlessly” attacked by Labor, especially when parliament sat in Townsville last year.
Ms Stuckey was one of only three LNP MPs to support the abortion bill in a conscience vote on the issue in 2018, and faced threats including internal pressure warning her preselection would be rejected or jeopardised.
Members of the LNP also vowed to target the MPs in the upcoming state election.
LNP ‘just wanted a skirt’
Ms Stuckey said her preferred replacement for Currumbin, lawyer Chris Crawford, had been overlooked because the party “wanted a skirt”.
“I was hearing from colleagues ‘they wanted skirt Jann, they wanted a skirt, any skirt will do’,” she said.
“I was in the newspapers that gender should not come into the choice of the best candidate.
“Currumbin is a very connected community, they don’t like blow-ins.”
Ms Stuckey said the LNP gave potential replacements an unrealistic three-hour timeframe to submit applications.
“I had two people contact me in those three hours and I told them it was pointless because the party had obviously already chosen somebody.”
Ms Stuckey said she has never met the LNP’s new candidate for Currumbin, Laura Gerber, who joined the party last month.
“I feel sorry for the girl, I really do because I don’t think she knows what she’s in for.”