Taylor puts in for Nationals
MURWILLUMBAH businessman Phil Taylor has thrown his hat in the ring as a possible National Party candidate in the upcoming federal election – potentially pitting himself against sitting Labor MP Justine Elliot and Liberal Party challenger Joan van Lieshout.
Mr Taylor, 61, who runs a car-hire and used-car sales business in Murwillumbah and is known for his involvement in a range of community organisations, is understood to be one of two potential candidates to nominate for the National Party role.
That follows the decision of previously-endorsed candidate Tania Murdock to stand down following personal issues including an embarrassing car accident soon after regaining her licence.
Mr Taylor admits he has not yet resolved an issue which could see him banned from driving in Queensland. The Queensland Government has threatened to suspend his licence in Queensland unless he pays a 10-year-old Brisbane City Council parking fine.
Mr Taylor said it would have been incurred by a car-hire customer, but the alleged offence was so long ago he no longer has records of the customers.
“I did ring Brisbane City Council and pleaded my case but I haven't heard back yet,” Mr Taylor said.
Mr Taylor differs in opinion from a number of National Party colleagues on one major issue – re-opening the Murwillum- bah-to-Casino rail line, which Mrs Murdock had made a priority.
“The cost of the train coming back outweighs any benefit of having a train when you can use road transport to Casino,” Mr Taylor said.
“From a business point of view it's just not valid.”
Chairman of the National Party Richmond Electorate Council Alan Hunter said at least two candidates, including Mr Taylor, had nominated but he could not yet name the other.