Premier to face probe

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - STEVEN WARDILL

AN­NASTA­CIA Palaszczuk will be in­ves­ti­gated by State Par­lia­ment’s pow­er­ful ethics com­mit­tee over al­le­ga­tions she com­mit­ted con­tempt when threat­en­ing to strip funds from Kat­ter’s Aus­tralian Party.

Speaker Cur­tis Pitt yes­ter­day re­vealed he was re­fer­ring Ms Palaszczuk on the grounds her re­peated com­ments about KAP may amount to threats, in­tim­i­da­tion, mo­lesta­tion of a mem­ber, com­pul­sion to men­ace and im­proper in­flu­ence.

Mr Pitt took the ex­tra­or­di­nary step of re­leas­ing a 12page de­tailed state­ment into his rea­sons but stressed his re­fer­ral did not amount to an as­sump­tion of guilt or in­no­cence.

“In my view there are suf­fi­cient ques­tions of fact to be de­ter­mined against the ev­i­dence,” he said.

Ms Palaszczuk re­peat­edly in both State Par­lia­ment and in pub­lic de­manded Kat­ter’s Aus­tralian Party state MPs de­nounce Se­nate re­cruit Fraser An­ning’s con­tro­ver­sial “fi­nal so­lu­tion” com­ment or face be­ing stripped of fund­ing.

Queens­land’s cor­rup­tion watch­dog this month warned there was ev­i­dence Ms Palaszczuk’s com­ments breached the crim­i­nal code but chose not to pro­ceed.

Based on the com­mit­tee’s find­ings, the Par­lia­ment has the power to force apolo­gies, fine and even jail MPs for com­mit­ting acts of con­tempt.

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