The Queensland LNP has expelled controversial federal MP Michael Johnson.
The dumping of the member for Ryan has come as the LNP faces a series of issues dogging the party.
Tony Reeves reports.
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Michael Johnson arrived for his showdown with the LNP’s state executive seemingly with only the weather on his mind.
Michael Johnson, Member for Ryan: “It’s a beautiful day in Queensland.”
However, state executive members including Federal Politician Ian Macfarlane were expecting to hear more.
Ian Macfarlane, State Executive Member: “We want to hear the whole story we want to give Michael every opportunity to satisfy us there is nothing untoward in this matter.”
Behind closed doors the LNP met to determine Michael Johnson’s fate over claims he brought the party into disrepute over a $12-million commission he allegedly hoped to receive from a Chinese mining company.
He returned all smiles.
Michael Johnson, Member for Ryan: “”
But the Party had other ideas.
Bruce McIvor, Queensland LNP President: “Today’s decision I believe which you have just been handed will be a reflection of our integrity and accountability.”
Earlier in state parliament the Premier wasn’t about to let the LNP forget about other issues that have thrown the party into disarray.
Anna Bligh, Premier: “The Liberal National party is imploding it’s disintegrating from the centre it’s got nothing.”
On top of the Johnson expulsion the resignation of two state MP’s and allegations of mismanagement in their North Queensland branch are just some of the issues challenging the LNP.
In a further blow to the party LNP brisbane City Councillor Nicole Johnston quit today claiming a calculated petty and at times malicious campaign had forced her resignation.
Michael Johnson is determined to have the last word, indicating that whatever the decision today, he’ll contest the seat of Ryan at the next election.
Tony Reeves, QUT News