Larry misses out on federal spot
FORMER National Party member for Richmond, Larry Anthony has missed out on the federal presidency of the National Party.
Former New South Wales National Party leader Christine Ferguson beat Mr Anthony to the top spot at a vote during a National Party council conference in Canberra this month.
Mr Anthony said the National Party had always been good to him and he had enjoyed trying to assist the party as vice president following his stint as federal minister.
"Of course, I'm a little disappointed but will continue to contribute where I can," Mr Anthony said.
Tweed National Party candidate Matthew Fraser attended the Canberra conference and said although Mr Anthony, his father and grandfather had been a real inspiration to him, he was certain Mrs Ferguson would do a great job.
"I would have been happy with either leader taking over the presidency," Mr Fraser said.
Mr Anthony, as a minister in the Howard government, had a great amount of experience however Christine Ferguson also gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and skills through her leadership of the NSW National Party.
Mrs Ferguson was instrumental in the coalition election victory in NSW and Mr Fraser said he was very happy with her win.
"She's going to be fantastic," Mr Fraser said.
Mr Anthony was part of National Party "royalty" with three generations of the family elected as representatives for the seat of Richmond, however, it was not like he was leaving and would continue to work for the party.
Mrs Ferguson was a very "down to earth" person who Mr Fraser met during his journey to become the National Party candidate for the seat of Richmond.
"People in the party love her," Mr Fraser said