from Jim O’Toole
The Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk has joined up with the thought police demanding Katters Australian Party state MP’s denounce the now famous immigration speech of Senator Fraser Anning.
In an overt threat to leader Robbie Katter’s political liberty, she has demanded he disown Anning’s call for a national referendum on immigration or she will remove his staff.
This blackmail has been rejected by legal opinion as unlawful and a direct threat to deny free speech to a member of parliament.
,Robbie Katter has vowed his party will not bow to threats from the Queensland Labor Government and LNP to remove resources because they were ‘offended’ by comments made by KAP Senator Fraser Anning.
“Labor and LNP threats to remove KAP resources because of Fraser Anning’s comments are a fundamental attack on freedom of speech and diversity of representation in the Parliament,’’ he said.
“It is frightening to think that the major parties feel it is appropriate to threaten other MPs with punishment because they express an alternate view.
“From the LNP’s response to Senator Anning’s speech, it is now clear they have fallen in-line behind the politically correct Labor left.
“LNP member for Warrego, Ann Leahy, asked the Government to reduce KAP resources and the LNP endorsed Labor’s position on immigration when they supported a Labor motion in Parliament last Thursday.’’
Mr Katter has welcomed any review of the State KAP Members and staff performance so long as the LNP Opposition are subject to the same scrutiny.
“The facts are the KAP has three elected members in Parliament and we have introduced three private members Bills in this term, the LNP have 39 MPs and they haven’t introduced a single Bill,’’ he said.
“The KAP is the third largest party in the Queensland parliament but most people think we are the opposition.
“If Labor and the LNP want to try and threaten and intimidate us, I say bring it on.
“Queenslanders will not tolerate the blatant hypocrisy of Labor and the LNP working together to try and curb free speech and shut down debate on immigration”.
Meanwhile Katter warned the Premier and the Liberal MP Anne Leahy, they are skating on thin legal ice and he has retaliated by seeking legal advice on a prosecution under Section 83.4 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
Katter’s next move could see the Premier arrested and charged under 83.4, Interference with Political Rights and Duties, (1) (a) (b) (c) (d) which would prevent her from sitting in Parliament until the matter is dealt with in court.
If convicted the penalty is up to three years imprisonment.
Such a move would throw the ALP into disarray leaving the Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, the daughter of Lebanese immigrants, to take over as leader.
Queensland will rue the day should ‘mad Trad’ a rabid, self-confessed greenie lead the State.