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Labor MP Billy Gordon failed to pay child support

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

A LABOR MP has made a personal explanation to Parliament this morning following claims he had not been paying child support to his children.

A Newscorp report this morning said emails had been sent to Government ministers from Cook MP Billy Gordon's former partner suggesting Mr Gordon had not been paying child support for their daughter, 12, and son, 8.

Mr Gordon held back tears as he stood up in Parliament House this morning and publicly announced he would immediately rectify his tax affairs and had ensured all outstanding child support payments were made to his former partner.

He told Parliament their relationship came to an end in 2006.

"Unfortunately the relationship did not end on a positive note," he said.

"I admitted to my ex-partner some personal failures as well as challenges I had faced in my life."

He said it was upsetting to stand in the house and divulge such personal details.

"I am a proud father. It is the most important job I will ever do."

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she had spoken to Mr Gordon and was "absolutely furious"  when she heard the claims.

"I expect high standards of my team," she said.

"I have also met with the Member for Cook. I said I was extremely disappointed and I think anyone who had read the article today would have been extremely disappointed as well."

She said she told Mr Gordon to immediately get his house in order.

"The issue has been dealt with. And the Member for Cook has made a personal explanation."

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