Premier 'disgusted' at Driscoll
Premier Campbell Newman says he wants Redcliffe MP Scott Driscoll expelled because he is "thumbing his nose at the parliament".PT1M36S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2tlj2 620 349 September 12, 2013
Embattled Queensland MP Scott Driscoll has accused Premier Campbell Newman of being in contempt of parliament.
The Redcliffe MP has fronted parliament only three times since he resigned from the Liberal National Party in April, amid allegations about his business dealings.
Mr Newman is furious about Mr Driscoll's "disgusting" conduct and called on Wednesday for him to be booted from parliament for good.
But Mr Driscoll says the premier has got his priorities wrong by attacking him and his case, which is being investigated by police and parliament's ethics committee.
"Frankly, it's a contempt issue and the premier should be well advised, as I'm sure he is by others, on very, very high pay scales, it is absolutely unacceptable for anyone to be discussing matters before the ethics committee," he told 612 ABC Brisbane on Thursday.
"That's precisely what he's done.
"He has acted in, I would suggest, in a manner that brings contempt on the ethics committee's deliberations certainly on the parliament, and certainly on my ability to act freely and without fear or favour as the member for Redcliffe.
"He can throw away jibes at me and all the rest of it, but really, that's not his job and I don't think Queenslanders look for that from a premier."
Mr Driscoll also defended his absence from parliament saying he has genuine health problems and has only missed about nine days.
He says he has no plans of stepping down and that he loves representing his electorate.
Mr Driscoll is accused of secretly controlling a community group in Moreton Bay from his electorate office and paying his wife tens of thousands of dollars in consultancy fees.
He denies any wrongdoing.