'Darling' Trevor Watts barred from Toowoomba bypass
A STOUSH has broken out between State Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey and Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts, with the two men referring to each other as "darling".
The disagreement came after Mr Watts was not allowed access to the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing site after he was said to have breached "protocols".
The war of words started during debate in the Queensland Parliament during which Mr Watts spoke about what the former LNP government was able to achieve.
Mr Watts said: "The minister is about to jump to his feet. I ask him: please let me back on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing site, because I would love to shoot a video and show everyone what the LNP government has been able to achieve."
That led to Mr Bailey to respond: "In response to the member for Toowoomba North, there is a 41km project yet the poor darling cannot find a spot to do his video. If that is the extent of his contribution here today, the government is not being challenged whatsoever."
Mr Watts responded in kind yesterday, interjecting by calling Mr Bailey "darling".
A spokeswoman for Mr Bailey said the situation came about because Mr Watts had filmed on the site without permission.
"The department has protocols in place for all members of Parliament to gain access to government buildings and construction sites.
"Mr Watts was allowed access to the site but unfortunately did not seek permission to film a promotional video particularly with Nexus staff.
"Mr Watts should have been up front about his intentions and followed proper protocol."
Mr Watts said he had been granted permission to take a cameraman on site, but there had been a miscommunication about whether he was allowed to take video footage.
He said his aim was to provide information to the community about how the project was affecting residents.
He said Mr Bailey's comment referring to him as darling was "patronising" and he had responded in kind.
But the ban may not be permanent.
"I haven't sought further access and I may well do so," Mr Watts said.