MPs trade fire over bikie and sex offender laws

SUNSHINE Coast MPs Peter Wellington and Jarrod Bleijie have traded barbs over controversial new bikie and sex offender laws.

Mr Wellington accused the Campbell Newman government of ramming through key legislation, attempting to quash dissent and Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie of being "arrogant".

However the Attorney General hit back at the independent MP, accusing him of suffering "relevance deprivation syndrome".

In an incendiary column due to appear in the Daily's sister paper the Nambour Chronicle this week, the Member for Nicklin savaged the LNP government, condemning it for the most "disgraceful" behaviour he had seen in his 15 years in parliament.

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Mr Wellington said the government had rushed through legislation during the last sitting of Parliament and had attempted to stifle debate.

The Kawana MP pushed through controversial laws targeting bikies and sex offenders this month.

While Mr Wellington agreed with "most of the intent of the bills", he said crossbenchers and opposition MPs were not given copies of the legislation.

He said the government did not allow proper scrutiny of the bills and criticised that the proposals were not examined by parliamentary committees.

"Members of the crossbenchers and the opposition were not provided with a copy of a bill presented by the Attorney General. When I pointed this out to him, his arrogant response was to the effect: 'Go and look on the internet or can't you use it?'

"Consequently, I was given a copy of the bill that was about to be debated by a friendly member of the LNP.

"Several of my colleagues on the crossbenches did not receive a copy of the bill.

"During the debate of this bill the Premier and his minister abused and ridiculed any member of the opposite side of the house who dared voice an opinion."

Mr Wellington did not return the Daily's calls yesterday to elaborate on his statement.

Mr Bleijie returned fire, accusing Mr Wellington of standover tactics. "The Member for Nicklin is suffering relevance deprivation syndrome and is the last person who should lecture about behaviour," Mr Bleijie said.

"Just like Labor, he continually flip flops on this issue. He supported the bills in parliament yet is now complaining about them."

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