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Scott Driscoll quits parliament

UPDATE: EMBATTLED Queensland MP Scott Driscoll has sensationally quit State Parliament.

His announcement follows the parliamentary ethics committee recommending today he be fined and expelled from parliament.

Mr Driscoll wrote to Speaker Fiona Simpson to reveal he was resigning.

"Due to matters directly relating to my health, which are on the public record and also known to you as a result of previous correspondence from my specialist medical practitioner, I am announcing my retirement from the Parliament of Queensland and as the Member for Redcliffe effective today," he said.

Earlier in the day, the parliamentary ethics committee recommended the Member for Redcliffe be fined and expelled from State Parliament after it concluded he deliberately mislead the House after he failed to declare his interests and those of his wife.

Mr Driscoll was present in State Parliament when ethics committee chair and Coomera MP Michael Crandon tabled the committee's damning report.

The committee found Mr Driscoll had committed 48 counts of contempt by failing to register 14 different interests on his own register and the register of related persons.

It recommended he be fined $2000 per offence.

Furthermore, the committee also found Mr Driscoll deliberately misled State Parliament when he made a statement on March 19 this year proclaiming his innocence.

Mr Driscoll revealed, earlier this week, in a letter to Premier Campbell Newman he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

EARLIER: EMBATTLED Queensland MP Scott Driscoll will become the first sitting member to be booted from State Parliament if his parliamentary colleagues vote to expel him.

The parliamentary ethics committee has recommended the Member for Redcliffe be fined and expelled from State Parliament after it concluded he deliberately mislead the House after he failed to declare his interests and those of his wife.

Mr Driscoll was present in State Parliament today when ethics committee chair and Coomera MP Michael Crandon tabled the committee's damning report.

The committee found Mr Driscoll had committed 48 counts of contempt by failing to register 14 different interests on his own register and the register of related persons.

It recommended he be fined $2000 per offence.

Furthermore, the committee also found Mr Driscoll deliberately misled State Parliament when he made a statement on March 19 this year proclaiming his innocence.

Mr Driscoll revealed, earlier this week, in a letter to Premier Campbell Newman he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

He will learn his fate on Thursday when State Parliament is due to vote on the committee's report in what is the final sitting day if the year.

Topics:  misconduct queensland parliament scott driscoll



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