Robbie Katter accuses Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk of bullying

By admin • 成都桑拿 • 18 Jul 2019

Robbie Katter has compared the Premier to former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale.The war of words between the state government and the Katter’s n Party continues with state leader Robbie Katter comparing the Premier to former Ipswich mayorPaul Pisasale.

Mr Katter said Annastacia Palaszczuk was now running the state in the same way Pisasaleran Ipswich Council and Queensland wasentering a new era of political instability and bullying.

“The Premier gets on her moral high-horse when it comes to people like Paul Pisasale, then she turns around and punishes people who don’t agree with her political views,’’ Mr Kattersaid.

Mr Kattersays the attempt by the Premier to crush the KAP in Queensland by starving it of staff resources had backfired and opened discussion by her Labor Parliamentary colleagues about her political judgement.

“She obviously won’t tolerate any kind of dissent and I’m sure that’s raising concerns within her own party room,” he said.

MrKatterhas backed warnings by the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties that the Premier’s action contradicts standards set by the Fitzgerald Inquiry and sets a dangerous precedent.

The Council called on the Premier toreverseher decision to strip KAP of parliamentary staff and electorateofficers following KAP Senator Fraser Anning’s contentious maiden speech in the Federal Parliament.

Civil Liberties Vice President Terry O’Gorman said the Premier’s stance was contrary toone of the major pillars of the 1989 Fitzgerald Inquiry report which notedthen Labour Opposition complaints theBjelke-Petersen Government had often cut Labour’s parliamentarystaff to stifle criticism.

“For the Premier to cut KAP’s State Parliament resources because a Federal KAP Senator made an appalling maiden speech referencing the ‘final solution’ in his criticismof Muslim immigration is illogical and fails to heed the lessons of the Fitzgerald Inquiry.” Mr O’Gormansaid.

Mr Katter saidmembers of the Labor Party had spoken to them to raise serious concerns about the Premier’s decision.

“I’m expecting we’ll see Labor members begin to put more pressure on the Premieras the full impact of her decision is felt,” he said.

MrKattersaid he had legal advice thatthe Premier was in breach of sections 60, 78 and 415 of the Criminal Code by withdrawing staff from the KAP and he hasreferred thematter to the state’s Crime and Corruption Commission.

North West Star

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