Jim Pearce - ALP. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Jim Pearce - ALP. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Mirani MP struggles to keep order in estimates

SOME no-nonsense country attitude was Mirani MP Jim Pearce's weapon of choice when he was repeatedly forced to halt heated debate between politicians on Tuesday.

Mr Pearce attempted to maintain order and constructive discussion while chairing Queensland Parliament estimates hearings.

Hansard records show he yelled "order!" six times in just two hours.

At one point, Mr Pearce broke up verbal sparring between Opposition transport spokesman Scott Emerson and Acting Premier Jackie Trad by interjecting with his own question about air travel.

The Opposition's repeated questions about under-fire Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller's referral to the ethics committee, rather than portfolio-related questions, proved too much for Mr Pearce.

Mr Emerson called upon Ms Trad to stand aside Ms Miller amid controversy about the Police Minister's handling of sensitive documents.

"I have just about had enough of this, to be quite frank," Mr Pearce said.

"We are trying to give you guys a fair go."

He called out his Labor colleague, Ms Trad, and the LNP for not providing answers, or for what he believed to be inappropriate questions, at one point turning to Dalrymple MP Shane Knuth from Katter's Australian Party for a constructive question.

"No-one wants to play by the rules, so I call the member for Dalrymple," Mr Pearce said.

He also cut short a retort to an Opposition question from Ms Trad about $100,000 in LNP donations, some of which was from anonymous donors, and repeatedly requested she answer Opposition questions.

Ms Trad said Mr Pearce was doing a good job and Mr Emerson said he had no concerns about Mr Pearce's chairing of the hearings.

The hearings continue until August 28.

 

PEARCE'S PEARLERS

Let's show a little bit of decorum here.

Out of respect for yourself, I would just ask you to move on to the next question.

I'm just trying to be lovely.

We are honoured to have you.

Do not talk over the top of one another.

I would appreciate it if you did not talk over the top of me either.

You know the rules as well as I do.

I have just about had enough of this, to be quite frank.

No-one wants to play by the rules.

We are trying to give you guys a fair go.


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