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Abuse linked to water: MP

Bill Ludwig in 1980s, before he entered politics. Mr Schwarten questioned Cr Ludwig’s past and dubbed him Cash Crop Bill in Parliament.
Bill Ludwig in 1980s, before he entered politics. Mr Schwarten questioned Cr Ludwig’s past and dubbed him Cash Crop Bill in Parliament.

BILL Ludwig has a knack of annoying fellow politicians.

He's clashed with Mayor Brad Carter and all his colleagues on Rockhampton Regional Council, who have twice moved to censure him for campaigning for de-amalgamation.

He has his fair share of critics away from those who rely on votes to pay their wages too.

But this week's vitriolic attack in State Parliament on Cr Ludwig by veteran straight-talking MP Robert Schwarten, generated a backlash of hate yesterday.

The most shocking claim was that Cr Ludwig had amassed a small fortune by growing and selling marijuana.

There were other insults against the councillor's character, that he was an "absolute hypocrite", "a ratter" and a man who pretended to be a primary producer on his coastal property so he could get a rates cut.

Cr Ludwig has described each of the allegations as entirely without substance

Mr Schwarten refused yesterday to make any comment on the claims outside Parliament.

He said the matter was now closed.

But Cr Ludwig yesterday linked the attack to his persistence over the issue of Waterpark Creek and the source of the Capricorn Coast's water supply.

"I've had a lot of calls today and every one of them has expressed outrage at Mr Schwarten's comments. No-one deserves to be abused like this," he said.

"Cowardly attacks by Mr Schwarten and Paul Hoolihan will not deter me from fighting for Rockhampton Regional Council and the State Government to honour the original plan to keep Waterpark Creek as the primary supply," he said.

"It is despicable that both State Members have abused parliamentary privilege over a long period to try to gag me from speaking out on behalf of our community."

"No-one deserves to be abused like this," Ludwig said.

Topics:  bill ludwig brad carter robert schwarten rockhampton regional council



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