Keppel MP denies conflict of interest over GKI resort
IT SHOULD have been an impassioned speech from parliament's youngest MP about the privilege and pride of being elected to represent her community.
Instead, Keppel MP Brittany Lauga's first speech to Queensland Parliament was to defend accusations of conflict of interest over Tower Holdings's $600 million Great Keppel Island eco-resort.
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The project's failed casino licence application dogged Labor during parliament yesterday.
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Ms Lauga told parliament she helped prepare the resort's environmental impact statement when she worked for CQG Consulting before she was elected.
But she said her involvement did not include the casino licence application.
"In March 2015 I sought the advice of the Queensland Integrity Commissioner to determine if I have a conflict of interest regarding my previous employment in this project when I was employed by a local consulting firm as a town planner and my role as the state member for Keppel," Ms Lauga said.
She said the integrity commissioner dismissed suggestions of a conflict of interest.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham also fielded the Opposition's questions about the casino.
Ms Palaszczuk said she knew nothing about former Labor treasurer Terry Mackenroth reportedly telling Tower Holdings chief Terry Agnew "don't talk to Brittany (Lauga), keep it quiet and we'll probably get it up" while working from her office.
Ms Palaszczuk said Mr Mackenroth was not part of her paid staff and was helping Labor in a voluntary capacity during its transition to government.
Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg asked why Labor state secretary Evan Moorhead contacted Tower during the casino application process.
Dr Lynham said he was unaware of any contact made, but said the resort had been fully approved for two years.
He said the owner stated he would proceed with the resort without a casino licence and the casino was not part of his resort proposal.
- APN NEWSDESK