Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne.
Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne.

Rocky MP takes blame for Billy Gordon blunder

MEMBER for Rockhampton Bill Byrne has taken responsibility for sending disgraced former Labor MP Billy Gordon to events in his place, admitting "it was a bridge too far".  

The Brisbane Times reports Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was forced to admit yesterday she did not know Mr Gordon, who moved to the crossbench in March ahead of his expulsion from the Labor Party for 'dishonesty', was representing her government at official events.  

Billy Gordon, former Labor MP for Cook
Billy Gordon, former Labor MP for Cook

 A parliamentary question on notice showed Mr Gordon had attended two events for Mr Byrne in August and September, with the department even providing speeches.  

Ms Palaszczuk said that after discovering the practice she had issued an immediate cease and desist notice to her ministers, and blamed "ministerial officers overstepping the parameters I set".  

"That is going to stop. What I have made very clear to my ministers is that I expect them to provide briefings on legalisation and any issues pertaining to their electorate - now I understand, some ministerial staffers and officers have gone beyond that and I will be speaking to my ministers [and] that that will stop."  

Mr Byrne admitted it "shouldn't have happened".  



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