Labor has preselected lawyer Terri Butler in its bid to hold on to the seat of Griffith.

Labor has preselected lawyer Terri Butler in its bid to hold on to the seat of Griffith. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

Labor has preselected lawyer Terri Butler in its bid to hold on to the seat of Griffith after the resignation of former prime minister Kevin Rudd forced a byelection.

Ms Butler, an employment and industrial relations law partner at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, defeated Virgin Australia airline pilot Jeremy de Lore in the Labor ballot by 219 votes to 99.

Unlike Mr Rudd, Ms Butler is of the Labor Left faction, which has become stronger in Griffith since a redistribution led to the electorate taking in West End and the surrounding suburbs.

She will come up against Liberal National Party candidate Bill Glasson, who attracted more primary votes than the then prime minister on September 7.

Ms Butler said she was looking forward to the challenge of campaigning for Labor in the electorate formerly held by the party's most recent prime minister.

But she said following Mr Rudd did not increase the pressure on her to win.

''I think there's always pressure on candidates in any byelection and I'll certainly be working extremely hard to make sure I win this one,'' she said.

Like Mr Rudd, Ms Butler has identified aircraft noise as an important election issue for Griffith residents.

It was a campaign against aircraft noise that helped launch Mr Rudd into public prominence.

''I think it's important that we try to find the balance between economic development and livability for people who live in the suburbs,'' Ms Butler said.

Soon after Ms Butler's preselection, Dr Glasson offered her his congratulations.

''I'm looking forward to the battle and I want to say congratulations to her for successful candidacy and I look forward to running against her,'' he said.

''I look forward to a clean, open and frank campaign so the people can judge who will be the best local member, Bill Glasson or herself.''

A tearful Mr Rudd resigned from Parliament on the evening of November 13, triggering a byelection for his ''good burghers of Griffith'' to be held in early 2014.

Geoff Ebbs, who attracted 10.18 per cent of the primary vote in September and whose preferences helped Mr Rudd defeat Dr Glasson, is expected to again run for the Greens.

One party not standing in the Griffith byelection is the Palmer United Party.

Speaking as he surveyed his new dinosaur park on the Sunshine Coast, party leader Clive Palmer said his political priorities were on the opposite side of the country.

''We're not standing in Griffith because we're focusing on the Senate election in Western Australia,'' he said.

''That's going to be held next year and I think that's going to be a much bigger contribution.''

Mr Palmer said the party had not yet decided whether it would run a candidate in the Redcliffe state byelection, which had been brought on by the departure of disgraced MP Scott Driscoll.