Byrne takes the blame for Billy
PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk has had words to Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne after the local member's department sent disgraced former Labor MP Billy Gordon to represent him at two official events.
The Agriculture Minister did not wish to comment yesterday, but told southern media he took complete responsibility for sending Mr Gordon in his place to events in August and September.
Mr Gordon quit the Labor Party in March after accusations of domestic violence, but last month detectives confirmed they would not proceed with charges due to insufficient evidence.
He has since been investigated after a sexting scandal which saw several women claim Mr Gordon sent them explicit messages through social media.
The Premier admitted on Sunday she did not know Mr Gordon was representing her government at official events.
She blamed ministerial officers overstepping the parameters, and said she had sent out cease and desist letters after she found out.
Mr Byrne, who yesterday attended a community cabinet in Bundaberg, admitted it "shouldn't have happened".
"It happened within my department, I'm accountable for that," he said.
Ms Palaszczuk said she had spoken at length to Mr Byrne, who in turn spoke to the staff member responsible.