KAP on warpath in re­sources row

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - MICHAEL MADI­GAN

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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