Federal Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer.
Federal Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer. Kristy Muir

MPs warned after Palmer holds press conference at Parliament

CLIVE Palmer you have been warned!

Next time you want to hold a press conference steer clear of the Queensland Parliament precinct because you are not welcome.

Speaker Fiona Simpson warned MPs today about the rules governing media interviews at the precinct and urged they communicate the conditions to any guests they may have with them.

"The Parliamentary precinct exists to allow the Members of the Queensland Parliament to conduct their duties," she said.

"Non-Members, also known as Strangers, who visit the precinct are subject to the rules of the Parliament.

"A long-standing Speaker's direction, issued by Speaker Mickel in 2011, remains current in respect of locations for media conferences, media interviews and other filming and photography.

"Basically, there are particular areas at Parliament House that may be used for media activities only by Honourable members of the Queensland Parliament.

"For people who are not Members of the Queensland Parliament, media activities are not to be conducted on the precinct unless permission has been given by the Speaker, with the exception of the forecourt of the Annexe and in front of the Old House."

Federal MP Clive Palmer visited State Parliament on Tuesday to have lunch with a Queensland MP and decided to hold an impromptu press conference on the Parliament balcony.

The press conference was held on one of the precinct's busiest thoroughfares and led to an uneasy encounter with Premier Campbell Newman who was walking past at the time.

The encounter allowed Mr Palmer to continue his rhetoric in front of cameras of ongoing threats to take Mr Newman to court.

Mr Palmer took the opportunity to tell media the writs would be issued the following day.

Mr Newman would not weigh into the issue when asked about the encounter today saying that was Mr Palmer's business.


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