Queensland MP Billy Gordon is sworn-in at Parliament House in Brisbane, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. All 89 Members of Parliament as well as the Speaker of the House were sworn-in today.
Queensland MP Billy Gordon is sworn-in at Parliament House in Brisbane, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. All 89 Members of Parliament as well as the Speaker of the House were sworn-in today. AAP Image - Dan Peled

Premier asks police to look into allegations against Cook MP

PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk has asked police to investigate allegations against her Cook MP Billy Gordon who has been accused of not lodging tax returns and not paying child support.

In a letter APN sighted on Friday night at the end of her first parliament sitting in the top role, Ms Palaszczuk said she had received a letter last Wednesday, March 18, listing allegations against Mr Gordon. It is believed the allegations were made by his former partner, who made several claims against Mr Gordon.

The letter stated the person who made the allegations was referred to police but since the allegations were made public on Friday morning, Ms Palaszczuk said it was important she refer the matter to police to investigate.

This letter came after a day of antics in Parliament House, which turned to chaos shortly after Mr Gordon publicly addressed fellow MPs.

"Last week there were claims made against me, some of which were true and some not," Mr Gordon told the Parliament.

"As a result I have moved to immediately rectify my tax affairs, and I have also ensured that any outstanding child support payments have been made to my ex-partner so that I can put this issue beyond doubt."

Question time immediately followed and Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg took advantage of the situation and asked if Premier had confidence in Mr Gordon.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed she was "absolutely furious" but that the issue had been dealt with.

What followed during the next hour comprised of snide remarks, attacks on both sides and fiery interruptions.

Mr Springborg tried asking a further question in relation to Mr Gordon but Speaker Peter Wellington dismissed it, despite attempts from the Opposition to override this.

There were constant points of order called during question time with LNP members claiming ministers were not answering questions properly.

Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson asked the Premier if every single member of Labor's front bench, who had previously served as a minister, had lodged ministerial diaries in compliance with cabinet protocol.

Ms Palaszczuk said she was happy to investigate but while answering and saying the LNP members were more than happy looking at the past, a rowdy crowd erupted, causing Mr Wellington to take action.

But that wasn't the end of the diary debate, with LNP's Tim Mander asking Education Minister Kate Jones why her diary from the Bligh cabinet could not be located.

Ms Jones said she was happy to answer the question but noted sarcastically that the question was not in reference to her portfolio.

Asset sales were also a main part of the question time debate.

- APN NEWSDESK



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