Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has been referred to the ethics committee over her decision to cut staff funds for Katter’s Australian Party.
The Labor leader said in September she would cut funds for extra staff members in the KAP party due to Fraser Anning’s “final solution” speech.
The KAP Senator used his first adress to praise the White Australia policy and used a common Nazi phrase.
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In a statement, released this afternoon, the speaker of the house, Curtis Pitt, outlined why the Premier’s been referred.
“I have not taken this decision lightly,” the statement read.
“In my view, there are sufficient questions of fact to be determined against the evidence such that it would be prudent to refer the question as to whether there has been contempt to the Ethics Committee.”
The refereal centres around a number of complaints made by Member for Traeger, Robbie Katter.
These include threats, intimidation and disadvantaging a member of the house.
Here is the full statement on why the speaker @Curtis_Pitt_MP has referred the Qld Premier @AnnastaciaMP to the ethics committee (dropped to media at 4.30pm on a Friday afternoon) https://t.co/UNuoLLztoM
— Allyson Horn (@allysonhorn) October 12, 2018
The State Opposition said the Premier’s integrity is now in “tatters”.
“Today’s decision means that the Liberal and National Party will be unable to question the Premier about this matter next week or establish a select committee to investigate her conduct,” LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk tried to dismiss this issue as the ‘argy bargy’ of Question Time, but Labor’s own Speaker has taken a dramatically different view.
“The Premier must now accept the consequences of her actions.”