Controversial North Queensland MP Billy Gordon continues to be a political target.
The Premier won’t be drawn further on claims he sent lewd images to 4 women but now some of his own indigenous community say he isn’t representing them.
Vanessa Wolfe reports.
Attending to other business today, Annastacia Palaszczuk couldn’t avoid the issue dominating state politics – how to deal with controversial MP Billy Gordon.
Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier: “These matters have been extensively dealt with, I acted very quickly, he’s no longer a member of the State Parliamentary team.”
In the face of mounting pressure, the Member for Cook is refusing to give up his seat.
He’s even admitted sending explicit images to four women, but says he thought they were consensual.
In his statement yesterday, Mr Gordon expressed his wish to continue to better the lives of Indigenous Australians.
The Opposition says that’s not happening.
Lawrence Springborg, Opposition Leader: “The Aboriginal elders are saying that no longer do they believe that he is fit and proper to be their member of Parliament, he’s bringing their community, and he’s bringing their people into disrepute.”
Mr Gordon’s electorate is one of the biggest in the State, covering the top end of Queensland, and while the Government says it’s up to voters to decide his fate, his constituents just want him to get on with the job.
Maryann Coconut, Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council Employee: “What we need is honest people to be ahh talking on behalf of the people I just hope that, um, everything what’s being said is, will be resolved.”
Everyone would agree to that.
Vanessa Wolfe, QUT News.