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Qld MP Scott slams Andrew Laming for inflammatory tweet

THE State MP representing an area punctuated with street violence has launched a broadside against Federal MP Andrew Laming after he waded into the issue on Twitter.

Following clashes on Monday between Aboriginal and Pacific Islander communities in Logan, south of Brisbane, the Opposition spokesman for Indigenous Health posted: "Mobs tearing up Logan. Did any of them do a day's work today, or was it business as usual and welfare on tap?"

After being roundly condemned for his comments both on social media and by the Federal Government, Mr Laming attempted to explain himself, "To clarify: Working together to resolve these riots the priority. Training and a chance for jobs are key".

But ALP State Member for Woodridge Desley Scott - the suburb where the conflicts were centred - was having none of it.

Ms Scott said Mr Laming should demand Premier Campbell Newman restart the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program if the Federal MP was so concerned about jobs.

"Skilling Queenslanders for Work was a popular and well-used program in our local area and its loss has been felt very heavily," Ms Scott said.

"If Mr Laming wants to do something positive and is interested in employment issues in the Logan area, he could start by pressing his state colleagues to reinstate the programs they have cut for no good reason."

Ms Scott said the Brisbane politician had been "rightly criticised" but did not go any further.

Two families living 200m apart have reportedly blamed each other for the violent confrontations.

Groups had fought each other with sticks, metal bars in the street for at least two nights in a row this week.


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