Member for Redcliffe Scott Driscoll has appeared briefly in parliament. Photo: Glenn Hunt
Only hours after Premier Campbell Newman said he wanted Scott Driscoll out of State Parliament, the member for Redcliffe arrived for Parliament's afternoon sitting.
Mr Driscoll arrived on time for Wednesday's parliament session, taking his seat and turning on his iPad.
While Speaker Fiona Simpson recommended amendments be made to standing orders, Mr Driscoll appeared enthralled by his tablet device.
The recommended changes, prompted by Mr Driscoll's long absence from Parliament, would mean members would need to provide written notice to the Speaker if they plan to be or have been absent for more than four consecutive sitting days.
A medical certificate or "any other acceptable evidence" would be needed.
The current orders allow for 12 days before written notice must be given.
"The report also recommends amendments to the Parliament of Queensland Act 2001 to reduce the number of days a member can be absent without the leave of the House from 21 to 12 sitting days," Ms Simpson said.
Mr Driscoll has not attended a full sitting of parliament since March 27 and until Wednesday, had spent just two hours in the House.
Earlier, Mr Newman made it clear he wanted Mr Driscoll out of the Queensland Parliament.
‘‘He is there to serve the people of Redcliffe, we have expelled him from our party room, he is no longer in the LNP, I wish he wasn’t in the parliament,’’ Mr Newman said on Wednesday morning.
‘‘And as soon as the proper process is followed, I hope that is the outcome. I hope that is the outcome from the various investigations into him, because he is just playing a terrible game and I am disgusted by his conduct.’’
The Redcliffe MP spent less than an hour in Parliament on Tuesday night, which automatically re-set his absentee clock.
Prior to Wednesday afternoon's sitting, Mr Driscoll has only spent two hours in Parliament since March, following his expulsion from the LNP after a series of allegations regarding his business dealings with a lobby group and community centre were raised in the media.
Mr Newman, who originally supported Mr Driscoll, said Parliament was looking at tightening the absentee rules, but said Mr Driscoll would still find a way to ‘‘game’’ the system.
‘‘There are currently 21 days [allowed], it will go to 12 and there will be a tightening up in terms of the medical certificates, etc, but frankly, what the heck, I’ll say it, frankly this guy will just game it,’’ he said.
‘‘What we need is the ethics committee to look at his conduct, look at what he has been doing and the allegations against him and I hope, I hope they are able to deal with matter, I want to see him out of parliament.
‘‘All Queenslanders, the people of Redcliffe, can see they have a member of parliament who is absent without leave essentially, he is not doing the job, he is paid well to do the job and he is not doing it and that makes my blood boil.’’
But Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said the ethics committee had "absolutely no powers to expel a member of Parliament".
"It is absolutely ridiculous for the Premier to suggest that the ethics committee can expel Scott Driscoll," she said.
"They have absolutely no power to do that," adding that it was time that Mr Driscoll "thought about his own personal future".
While the ethics committee cannot expel a member directly, it can make a recommendation to the House.
Under the Parliament of Queensland Act, the Legislative Assembly has the same powers as the House of Commons to deal with matters of contempt, which Mr Driscoll has been accused of.
Theoretically, the House could expel a member.
Mr Driscoll remains under investigation. He has consistently denied any wrong doing.