Billy Gordon denies misleading Parliament over payments

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk


COOK MP Billy Gordon has told Queensland Parliament he did not knowingly mislead parliament about unpaid child support payments.

Mr Gordon said his statement that he had paid the necessary money was based on information he had after speaking with a child support agency who told him the support was up-to-date.

The former Labor now Independent MP said he later learnt he owed $24.


He said there was now an arrangement for a calculated amount to be taken out of his account on a regular basis for child support.

As Mr Gordon moved to condemn media coverage and other MPs over comments about the payments, Mermaid Beach MP Ray Stevens accused him of turning his explanation into a speech that should have been written to the speaker.

Speaker Peter Wellington cut Mr Gordon off, telling him not to make personal attacks at that time.

LNP opposition leader Lawrence Springborg accused Mr Gordon of "explaining himself away".

Mr Springborg queried Labor's full knowledge about Mr Gordon before the issue hit the headlines and the party threatened to eject him and he resigned his membership.

Mr Gordon has also been accused of domestic violence, which he has denied.

Mr Springborg questioned if Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk would accept Mr Gordon's votes in parliament.

Ms Palaszczuk evasively replied Mr Springborg's circulation of the child support documents was "despicable".

Earlier Mr Wellington chose not to refer Mr Gordon's accusation of contempt against Mr Springborg for releasing the child support documents.

He said Mr Gordon did not offer enough evidence.

Mr Gordon was also voted out of a parliamentary committee.



Past sins of Billy Gordon to trouble Parliament this week

QUEENSLAND parliamentary sittings.  It's the best of times.  It's the worst of times.

This week, the first real session of parliament since Labor won government in January is set to play out much like any other sitting, with each major party attempting to claim theirs is the highest high horse in the field of governing.

Labor will introduce two bills across the three days on workplace safety and another on industrial relations, which was heralded by a press release sent out on April 23.

The Electoral Commission and other acts bill, also known as the integrity bill, will also be debated this week. But given that the bi-partisan committee meant to work out whether the bill should be passed or not couldn't come to a decision, there is no guarantee any legislation will pass in the hung parliament. 

The LNP will, under new standing orders set down by Speaker Peter Wellington, get the chance to introduce their own motion each day - Lawrence Springborg has previously flagged his intention to move a motion to keep its surgery wait time guarantee.

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