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Gladstone MP rethinks future after committee sacking

Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham.
Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham. Christopher Chan

GLADSTONE MP Liz Cunningham says she is rethinking her political future after being sacked from the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee last week.

The Member for Gladstone was one of seven MPs discharged from the committee last week after the Newman Government accused them of conducting a biased and tainted investigation into acting Crime and Misconduct Commission chair Dr Ken Levy.

Mrs Cunningham told the ABC she was concerned the move could affect her ability to properly represent the Gladstone community.

Liz Cunningham says reasons for dissolving PCMC are invalid

"Certainly I've got to look at how this will affect my ability to represent my community going forward," she said.

"It's obvious the Premier has a very significant attitude in relation to my work - the Attorney-General, as well.

"I'll see if what's occurred has any impact on the electorate in general."

Mrs Cunningham said she still believed what she had done was the right thing, but she needed to know that going into the next year, people in her electorate wouldn't be significantly disadvantaged.

"The whole point of doing this job is to make a positive difference for your electorate."

Two sacked Labor MPs and independent Peter Wellington have since been re-appointed to the board, but Mrs Cunningham will no longer be chairwoman.

How it started: CMC chair briefed by spin doctor over bikie law articles

She said the sackings sent an ominous sign about democracy in the state, and showed the government was prepared to take drastic action if a committee delivered findings it did not like.

Premier Campbell Newman said his government would not treat Mrs Cunningham any differently.

"I have the utmost respect for the Member for Gladstone," he said.

"She is a great local member for that community and the door is always open to her for matters involving Gladstone constituents."

The watchdog PCMC was dismissed by the State Government last week after the government said it was biased.

Government MPs now hold the balance of power, despite a 2010 parliamentary committee review which recommended legislation be changed to allow the opposition leader to select the chair, so as not to give the government control.

Should Liz Cunningham be re-instated to the PCMC?

This poll ended on 21 December 2013.

Yes. This is a crime against democracy - 57%

Yes. Someone needs to keep an eye on Newman - 26%

No. It's politics and it's done - 4%

No. The committee needs to let the government function - 11%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  campbell newman, gladstone, liz cunningham, pcmc, queensland government




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