LNP officials say the UQ politics student James Downing withdrew for health reasons, although would not elaborate on the nature of his condition. Preselection interruptus is certainly doing the rounds in Queensland conservative circles.
Local party insiders though say the twenty-one year old was "told to resign" and that he is actually in perfectly good health.
With a federal election expected to be called within weeks, the LNP does not currently have a candidate in Oxley.
The young lad has been out campaigning and had set a cracking pace according to local party members.