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OUR SAY: Courier-Mail attack on Peter Wellington a beat-up

The front page of The Courier-Mail yesterday blasted Peter Wellington.  Today, the paper blasted those using domestic violence as a political football. The ultimate hypocrisy?
The front page of The Courier-Mail yesterday blasted Peter Wellington. Today, the paper blasted those using domestic violence as a political football. The ultimate hypocrisy?

IT WAS as though yesterday was April Fool's Day.

At least that was the impression we had after reading the front page of the Courier Mail.

The attack on the Member for Nicklin, Peter Wellington, accusing him of being "too busy" to help the woman at the centre of the Billy Gordon scandal was a beat-up.

Indeed Mr Wellington's letter to Mr Gordon's ex-partner clearly stated he would like to give the matters raised due consideration and seek advice.

That doesn't sound the same to us as "ignoring the claims".

Anyone who knows Peter Wellington, as we do, know he is one of the hardest working MPs around.

He doesn't ignore people.

He deals with issues promptly.

But clearly this was a pretty complex situation which landed on his desk the day before Parliament was due to commence.

That said, Peter Wellington didn't exactly cover himself in glory yesterday either when he was quoted as saying he felt as though Mr Gordon's ex-partner was attempting to "play me for a fool" by releasing correspondence.

Speaking about an alleged victim of domestic violence in this way is far from okay.

But for the Courier-Mail to today lead their front page with a story under a white ribbon, headlined: "Domestic violence is not a political football. Stop it." is the height of hypocrisy.

The Courier-Mail has been using this story as a political football for days, aided with feeds from the LNP.

It's the sort of newspaper 'campaigning' that makes readers - and journalists - feel sick.

Clearly, the Courier-Mail is still trying to get Campbell Newman's old team back in power.

While the squabbling and mud slinging continue, the state and the work that actually needs to be done will fall by the wayside.

Queensland voted against stability at the election, but we wonder how many would have voted differently had they foreseen this circus.

Topics:  billy gordon peter wellington politics



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