Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is scoffing at claims she should stand down.Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she won’t stand aside while the state ethics committee investigates her decision to strip a minor party of resources.
Labor speaker Curtis Pitt referred Ms Palaszczuk to the ethics committee on Friday over her stripping the resources from Katter’s Party’s three Queensland MPs.
Those MPs had refused to denounce federal Senator Fraser Anning for using the Nazi-associated phrase “final solution” during his first speech in federal parliament.
The referral followed the Crime and Corruption Commission finding the premier has technically breached the law through her actions, but left it up to the parliament to decide how to proceed.
KAP Queensland Leader Robbie Katter as well as the LNP opposition have called for Ms Palaszczuk to stand aside pending the outcome of the investigation,
“This may not be the popular move in terms of the government but it is on the government now to say for the premier to stand down until this is resolved,” Mr Katter told ABC Radio on Saturday.
Ms Palaszczuk says she’s not the first premier to be referred to the ethics committee and she doesn’t see a need to stand down.
“Just go back through the history, I’m sure there’s plenty. I’m probably in good company,” Ms Palaszczuk said on Sunday.
Ms Palaszczuk has been referred to the ethics committee a handful of times when she was opposition leader, while former premiers including Campbell Newman, Peter Beattie and Anna Bligh were all also referred at various times.
None had the claims against them substantiated.
Five LNP MPs, including Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington and Deputy Tim Mander, were also referred by KAP to the CCC for calling for the premier to strip the resources.
The watchdog found they had no case to answer, and the LNP then turned on the Labor premier, calling for a parliamentary committee to be set up to decide whether to prosecute her.
Deputy Opposition leader Tim Mander on Sunday joined calls for Ms Palaszczuk to stand down.
Mr Mander defended his party calling for the premier to be investigated for something they called on her to do.
“The CCC said the opposition’s questions were appropriate, it’s the premier who made the threats, it’s the premier whose integrity is under question, and it’s her who needs to respond,” Mr Mander said.
In delivering his findings on the case, CCC head Alan MacSporran said there is a need to set up an independent body to allocate party resources to avoid similar situations in the future.