Petero Civoniceva.
Petero Civoniceva. Iain Curry

Petero Civoniceva rumoured to run for seat of Redcliffe

FORMER rugby league great Petero Civoniceva is widely-rumoured to be considering throwing his hat into the ring for the vacant Queensland seat of Redcliffe.

It was reported in the Brisbane media today the Queensland Liberal National Party approached the former Brisbane Broncos and Penrith Panthers player urging him to nominate for pre-selection.

The Queensland seat has stood vacant for two-weeks after disgraced former member Scott Driscoll sensationally resigned from politics last month.

Mr Civoniceva and his wife Bonnie grew up in the suburb and along with their four children call the region home.

He had been a vocal advocate on community issues over the past year in his former role as captain of the Redcliffe Dolphins.

However, Liberal National Party state director Brad Henderson kept the party's cards close to his chest in a statement today.

"The LNP is a democratic party and nominations are currently being sought from prospective candidates to stand for LNP pre-selection in the state seat of Redcliffe ahead of the coming by-election," he said.

"The LNP is determined to put forward a hard working, local candidate to provide a strong voice for the Redcliffe community in the CanDo Newman Government."

Mr Driscoll quit politics shortly after the Queensland Parliament's Ethics Committee recommended he be expelled for misleading the House and failing to register his interests and those of his wife.

He was ordered to appear before the Bar of Parliament on the final sitting day of the year to answer 49 contempt charges and was subsequently fined $90,000.

Mr Driscoll is still the subject of ongoing Queensland Police and Crime and Misconduct Commission investigations.

His wife, Emma Driscoll, will face court later this month after being charged with 13 fraud related offences stemming from the same dealings, which nearly saw her husband become the first MP in history to be expelled from the Queensland Parliament.

Former Federal Member for Petrie Yvette D'Ath announced last month she would seek pre-selection in the seat of Redcliffe for the Australian Labor Party.

The Redcliffe by-election is expected to be held in early February.


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