“The LNP thanks Mr and Mrs Newman for their service.”
Mr Newman said he would likely run for the federal Senate on a minor party ticket, although which party was yet to be confirmed.
Some commentators have suggested One Nation, but there is a strong suggestion Mr Newman will link up with the Liberal Democrats.
Mr Newman’s presence on the Senate ticket could prove costly for the LNP, with Amanda Stoker’s third-place spot by no means a certainty of re-election.
Mr Newman was a hugely popular lord mayor of Brisbane, with public sentiment soaring around his management of the response to the 2011 floods.
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