Premier to face probe
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.