Controversial MP Billy Gordon is refusing to resign, despite mounting pressure.
Parliament resumed today, with question time dominated by allegations of inappropriate images sent by the Member for Cook.
Annaliese Laracy reports.
Billy Gordon is battling claims that he sent lewd images to three women, and became the subject of heated debate in the house.
The member for Cook released a statement saying he won’t resign, and wants to better the lives of indigenous people.
He added he believed the personal exchanges between himself and the other parties were private and consensual.
Lawrence Springborg, Opposition Leader: “The Attorney-General stood in this place and said enough is enough in relation to domestic and family violence and so it is also true Mr Speaker that enough is enough when it comes to the member for Cook, Billy Gordon.”
Mr Gordon has been surrounded by controversy including non-payment of child support, a criminal history and domestic violence claims.
He resigned from Labor and sits as an independent in the hung parliament.
His vote is therefore crucial but the Premier says the issue is out of her hands.
Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland Premier: “They are elected to this house to represent their constituents, I have made it very clear that this is a new era of government.”
The Opposition Leader says it’s no longer good enough for the labor government to make excuses for Mr Gordon’s pattern of behaviour.
Lawrence Springborg has accused the Premier of not acting on a matter of principle.
Lawrence Springborg, Opposition Leader: “It is not good enough Mr Speaker to cry crocodile tears, it is not good enough for the Premier to say that she is concerned and indeed she might be abhorred by this.”
He was predictably criticised by Labor.
Curtis Pitt, Aboriginal Affairs Minister: “We have the leader of the opposition over there who has three times been rejected by the people of Queensland and he knows the only way he is going to be Premier is if he can do it by stealth.”
The row seems set to dominate more sessions of parliament.
Annaliese Laracy, QUT News.