KAP on warpath in resources row
KATTER’S Australian Party wants Annastacia Palaszczuk stood aside and its office and staff reinstated immediately, as the fringe party goes on the attack after a surprise move to refer the Premier to the Ethics Committee.
Speaker Curtis Pitt referred the Premier to the committee on Friday night after she stripped KAP of its resources.
The Premier had acted after the party refused to denounce federal KAP senator Fraser Anning for using the Nazi- associated phrase “final solution” during his federal parliamentary maiden speech last August.
Mr Katter said Labor ministers, including Mark Bailey, had stood aside from portfolios while investigations were carried out into ethical matters.
“We would have thought the standard would have been higher for the Premier,’’ KAP MP Robbie Katter said.
“The Labor Government has to act – and act immediately – if it does not want to further diminish this Government in the eyes of the public. I believe we should have all our resources reinstated.
“This matter has really shone a light on the manipulation tactic of the major parties. This is about fairness.’’
The Crime and Corruption Commission has already found Ms Palaszczuk may have committed an act of intimidation by warning KAP members about Senator Anning’s speech.
However, because the comments were made under parliamentary privilege, it was for MPs to decide whether the Premier should be punished.
Mr Pitt said he believed it was “prudent’’ to refer the matter to the Ethics Committee.
Ms Palaszczuk’s office has refused to comment on the matter, but Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said the Premier’s reputation was now “in tatters”.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk tried to dismiss this issue as the ‘argy-bargy’ of Question Time,’’ she said. “But Labor’s own Speaker has taken a dramatically different view.
“The Premier must accept the consequences,’’ Ms Frecklington said.
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