Wellington refers Seeney to Ethics Committee, but not Jones

THERE was an Ethics Committee double whammy for the Queensland Opposition in Parliament on Wednesday

Parliamentary speaker and Nicklin MP Peter Wellington referred LNP former deputy premier Jeff Seeney to the Ethics Committee and refused to refer Labor Education Minister Kate Jones to the Ethics Committee.

Mr Wellington told Parliament he would not refer Ms Jones after a complaint from infrastructure shadow minister Tim Nicholls regarding comments he alleged Ms Jones made during budget estimates.

The Speaker then said Labor MP Peter Russo, the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee acting chair, made an official complaint that Mr Seeney had breached committee confidentiality the previous day.

"(Mr Russo alleges) the member for Callide breached the confidences of that committee when rising on the matter of privilege yesterday and other points of order yesterday. I have decided to refer the matter to the Ethics Committee," Mr Wellington said.

On Tuesday Mr Seeney told Parliament he had received a phone call from a "media operative" about an Ethics Committee referral regarding Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller.

"The questions I was asked at 8.32 last night clearly indicate that this matter was put on the agenda of the PCCC meeting so it could be leaked as part of an interfactional war surrounding the member for Bundamba and no doubt so that we, the Opposition, could be blamed for the leak," he said.

Late on Tuesday Mr Wellington referred five senior LNP MPs - Lawrence Springborg John-Paul Langbroek, Scott Emerson, Jarrod Bleijie and Mr Nicholls - to the Ethics Committee for asking questions about an allegedly "falsified document" Ms Miller is accused of signing.

Parliament is restricted from commenting on matters the Ethics Committee is investigating.

- APN NEWSDESK


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