Gordon cleared over claims he misled Parlt
SPEAKER Peter Wellington has refused to refer allegations about Cook MP Billy Gordon’s failure to lodge tax returns and pay child support to Parliament’s Ethics Committee.
In a statement this week, Mr Wellington insisted Mr Gordon’s claims in March last year that he had moved to address the matters were accurate when he made them.
The Courier-Mail revealed one of Mr Gordon’s ex partners had lodged a complaint with Mr Wellington alleging the Cook MP had a significant unpaid child-support bill and might have misled Parliament by claiming to have paid the outstanding amount.
However, Mr Wellington found there was insufficient evidence to suggest Mr Gordon deliberately misled Parliament.
“I have, therefore, decided that the matter does not warrant the further attention of the House via the Ethics Committee and I will not be referring the matter,” he said.
Mr Wellington will formally outline his decision when Parliament resumes next year and members can vote to refer Mr Gordon to the Ethics Committee for investigation.
In correspondence with Mr Wellington, Mr Gordon said he engaged an accountant the day before making his statement and had since completed all tax returns except for 2014-15 and 2015-16.
He said he was only referring to the partner of his younger children in his March 2015 statement and he had later moved to make arrangements with the mother of his older children for unpaid child support.
“The Child Support Agency has now received from me and distributed to both families approximately $2300 per fortnight,” he wrote to Mr Wellington. “This was organised through the parliamentary pay system.”
In a statement to the media, Mr Gordon blasted the LNP and the media
“The allegations against me were politically driven and malicious,” he said.
“Every time accusations have been made against me since entering Parliament, I have been prosecuted as guilty by journalists and political opportunists.”