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Asset sales could return if government falls: Labor MP

MEMBER for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said it's business as usual for the city despite claims the Queensland Labor government is in jeopardy.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday sacked Cook MP Billy Gordon from the Labor Party and advised him to resign after he revealed he had kept his criminal past a secret.

"It's irrelevant for the seat of Gladstone for a start," Mr Butcher said.

"There won't be another election in Gladstone. If anything, there might be a few things that will change in the seat of Cook."

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Mr Butcher said projects such as the sale of the port and securing Calliope high school land could be back on the table.

"If we aren't in government anymore, I will oppose any asset sales if that's the way the ALP will go again," he said.

"That could potentially be on the table but I will have to work with the new government."

Mr Gordon admitted to the Labor Party and then on social media yesterday he had convictions for burglary, stealing, public nuisance and breaching bail and probation.

Speaking in Townsville Ms Palaszczuk yesterday said the revelations made her "sick to her stomach".

"I've always maintained integrity is fundamental to any government that I lead.

"Today I'm prepared to put my premiership on the line," she said.

"The non-disclosure, to look me in the face and to be dishonest - there's no second chance."

Opposition deputy leader John-Paul Langbroek called for Ms Palaszczuk to release all correspondence relating to the allegations against Mr Gordon claiming there had been a "cover-up".

"The Premier stood up in Parliament and said the matter had been 'dealt with'. Then, just hours later she referred the matter to police when media reports surfaced," he said.

"Clearly the matter hadn't been 'dealt with' as Ms Palaszczuk had claimed.

"This brings into serious question whether or not the Premier has misled the people of Queensland."

But Ms Palaszczuk said she was willing to risk her government in order to maintain integrity in government.

If Mr Gordon resigns from parliament a by-election could remove Labor's wafer- thin parliamentary majority and have the LNP regain power.
 

Topics:  asset sale, glenn butcher, politics, queensland government



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