DEFIANT: Member for Gympie David Gibson addresses the media about “the worst kept secret in Gympie for the past two years’’.
DEFIANT: Member for Gympie David Gibson addresses the media about “the worst kept secret in Gympie for the past two years’’. Renee Pilcher

Gibson blasts ‘dirt files’ as he vows to stay in politics

A DEFIANT but shaken Member for Gympie faced the media yesterday, defending his integrity and vowing to fight for his political future.

"Today ends what has been the worst kept secret in Gympie for the past two years: the ongoing intimidation and political blackmail of me by an associate of a developer at Rainbow Beach who is upset that a development application was subject to appropriate scrutiny and is now distributing dirt files on me," David Gibson said.

"People are tired of dirt files and people will see this for what it is - political blackmail and muckraking, the lowest form of politics which should rightly be condemned," he said.

"If you want to talk about ethics - let's talk about ethics.

"I supported - as did the entire Government - due process in the consideration of this development application and indeed the court case that followed the decision to reject the development.

"This man wanted to circumvent those due processes."

Mr Gibson said that in some ways he embraced the opportunity to talk about the sort of MPs the people of Gympie wanted to represent them.

"I've made mistakes in the past - I have regrets," he said.

"We all do.

"The question is - should our past mistakes prevent us from future achievements?

"The answer is, of course, no.

"More specifically, should a mistake 15 years ago disqualify me from serving the people of Gympie or serving on the ethics committee, even though I have served the parliament honourably for the past eight years?

"I don't believe so."

The embattled MP said he intended to continue to serve his constituents, the LNP and the people of Queensland.

"I made an ethical decision to demand due process when it came to the Rainbow Shores development," he said. "I stand by that.

"No amount of dirt will change that decision.''

Mr Gibson said he was standing down as chairman of the Select Committee on Ethics.

He said his chairmanship would be an unnecessary distraction regardless of the finding of the committee.

Gympie Times


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