The State Opposition was forced to make a parliamentary apology today over comments made by Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller.
The Government mounted a sustained assault after Ms Miller compared fly-in-fly-out mining set-ups to Holocaust camps.
Edwina Seselja reports.
Even before parliament got underway, Mines Minister Andrew Cripps led the attack on the member for Bundamba.
Andrew Cripps, Natural Resources and Mines Minister: “She doesn’t understand the inappropriateness of her comments and that she doesn’t understand why the community is concerned is the failure of the leader of the opposition to act.”
And inside the house the government turned up the heat.
Campbell Newman, Qld Premier: “The leader of the opposition needs to show leadership.”
Then it was the LNP’s deputy leader, Jeff Seeney’s turn.
He said he respected the Palaszczuk name when the Labor leader’s father was in politics but not today.
Jeff Seeney, Deputy Premier: “Henry Palaszczuk was a man of principle, he was well respected, he was well respected in this house.”
But it appears question time was not long enough for the Coalition with members being recalled, the government demanding an apology of the opposition.
But, before a motion could be put, Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk stood before the Parliament and apologised on behalf of her party.
Annastacia Palaszczuk, Qld Opposition Leader: “I have no problem apologising for anyone who has taken offence.”
Ms Palaszczuk became emotional on the topic of her grandfather’s time in a concentration camp.
Annastasia Palaszczuk, Qld Opposition Leader: “They were very, very tough days and I don’t like recalling that history.”
There was no apology though, from the MP at the centre of the drama.
Edwina Seselja, QUT News.