Toowoomba South without an MP for 'potentially months'

TOOWOOMBA South will be without a state representative for weeks or months after MP John McVeigh was chosen to contest the federal seat of Groom.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath told media today that a by-election could not be held until the federal poll had been decided.

That is despite Mr McVeigh having to resign from state parliament before he nominates as a federal candidate.

A federal election is expected in July.

"What that means is that the people of Toowoomba South are guaranteed not to have a state member representing them for some weeks and potentially months," Ms D'Ath said.

Ms D'Ath said she had no plans to change the Parliament of Queensland Act to ensure voters weren't left without a state representative for so long.


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