Tim Mulherin.
Tim Mulherin.

Mulherin 'doesn't care about his electorate': Newman

DEPUTY Opposition Leader and member for Mackay Tim Mulherin was compared to Judas - the disciple who betrayed Jesus Christ - in a bizarre attack from Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.

In the opening day of Parliament on Tuesday, Mr Mulherin was described as a "Judas" to his electorate by the Premier who accused him of pushing for the upcoming Mackay Summit to have been held in Brisbane instead of Central Queensland.

"Like Judas, he turned is back," Mr Newman told Parliament.

"He doesn't care about his electorate."

When Mr Mulherin interjected, saying he welcomed the summit for Mackay, Mr Newman did not dispute it.

The Premier instead moved on to attack Labor member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller who reportedly called the location of the summit "a joke" when the event was revealed last month.

At the time, Ms Miller was reported as saying the summit was held in a regional area because the government feared holding it in south-east Queensland.

All 89 Queensland members of Parliament have been invited to attend the summit, which would also mark the beginning of consultation for a "Queensland Plan" being developed by the government.

With little chance to respond to the allegation, Mr Mulherin released a statement demanding an explanation for why the Premier "deliberately misled Parliament".

"The Premier has parroted Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney's blatantly incorrect statements last week claiming I said the summit should be held in Brisbane," he said.

"I have stated on a number of occasions that a summit in Mackay would be a welcome boost to local tourism."

Judas Iscariot is infamously known for his biblical betrayal of Jesus Christ, in which he is paid 30 silver coins in return for helping deliver Jesus to authorities.



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