Queensland Premier Campbell Newman
Premier To Seek Ethics Committee Inquiry Into Redcliffe MP
Victor P Taffa
Premier Campbell Newman is set to write to the Ethics Committee asking it to recommence its inquiry into the actions of the Member for Redcliffe Scott Driscoll.
The Ethics Committee’s inquiry into Mr. Driscoll’s actions is currently suspended pending the outcome of a Crime and Misconduct Commission investigation.
The Premier said with new concerns being raised by the Deputy President of the Industrial Commission, he believed the Ethics Committee needed to examine the allegations being made against Mr. Driscoll without further delay.
“The mounting allegations against Mr. Driscoll are clearly impeding his ability to effectively represent his electorate and his continual absence from Parliament is simply not good enough.” Premier Newman said.
“I am also concerned his conduct is bringing the Parliament into disrepute.”
Premier Newman said while the usual practice was to put ethics inquiries on hold while other law enforcement bodies investigated, he wanted the Ethics Committee to consider whether their inquiry could recommence without interfering with the other investigations.
“If the Ethics Committee can conduct their inquiries into the limited matters involving Mr. Driscoll’s conduct in Parliamentary proceedings without risking the CMC and Police investigations, I would ask that they restart their inquiries as soon as possible.” Premier Newman said.
Premier Newman said it was important for the people of Redcliffe and the integrity of Parliament that the matters be resolved quickly.
“While the MP for the neighbouring electorate of Murrumba, Reg Gulley, will continue to represent the people of Redcliffe in the short term as he has over recent weeks, this situation must be resolved.” Premier Newman said.