Rogue MP Billy Gordon quits Labor before being sacked
BESIEGED Cook MP Billy Gordon has headed off the Labor Party's plan to expel him by resigning.
His former leader said now she hopes "he'll do the right thing" and resign from the parliament, even if a resulting by-election loss costs her government.
"I am putting my premiership on the line," she said on Monday morning.
"You tell me anyone else who has done that. Who? Who else has done that? I have fought a general election. [Opposition Leader] Lawrence Springborg didn't face the general election.
"I fought a general election and now yes, I am prepared to put my premiership on the line and that of my government.
But the Opposition has remained critical, claiming Ms Palaszczuk only acted when matters became public.
Katter MPs likely to support Labor in Qld crisis
UPDATE: LABOR looks set to cling to power in Queensland despite damning revelations concerning the criminal background of one of its MPs.
Sunshine Coast MP Peter Wellington is expected to be joined by two Katter's Australian party MPs in supporting the government in crisis.
The Katter Party has told ABC radio that they will support Labor continuing if the government commits to policies helping regional Queensland including ethanol and the development of the Galilee Basin.
The Member for Cook Billy Gordon has been sacked by the ALP but is still continuing to assess whether he will remain on as an independent.
Questions have been raised as to how the ALP allowed a candidate with previous criminal convictions to run.
Fairfax reported that a police check carried out against Mr Gordon, standard procedure during the pre-selection process, came back clear.
Under the Rehabilitated Offenders Act, last made prominent in Queensland politics following former LNP MP David Gibson's past being revealed, offenders who spend no or less than three years in prison, who do not re-offend, effectively have their record cleared after 10 years.
It is an offence to reveal details of criminal histories protected under the act, unless the person chooses to disclose them.
On Sunday, Mr Gordon issued a statement, saying: "I am presently weighing up my options after the advice I have received from the Premier that she has asked for my expulsion from the Labor Party.''
"I am very concerned that I should be afforded natural justice in any determination that my tenure as the Member for Cook should be terminated because of her move to see me expelled from the Labor Party and her wish for me to resign as a Member of Parliament.
Mr Gordon told the party any abuse directed at the mother of his two children was verbal and not physical.
"The Premier has previously requested that the Police Commissioner investigate whether I have transgressed any law and that process should be allowed to continue its natural course. Any other attempt to remove me from the Parliament and force me to resign is a denial of natural justice.
"I have a serious eye operation (on Monday) and I need further time to consider my options, seek further legal advice and have ongoing discussion with my family and my supporters. I will therefore make no further media comment at this time.
"I am very concerned at the impact this situation is having on my children who I love very much."
Wellington declares his support for Premier
QUEENSLAND Speaker Peter Wellington says Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk still has his support after she quickly asked the ALP to sack embattled Cook MP Billy Gordon for failing to reveal his criminal charges.
"My support for Annastacia remains," Mr Wellington said, as reported by Fairfax.
"She has my confidence and I conveyed that to her today when we had a discussion," he said.
"She has done the right thing, she has acted decisively."
"She has spoken with the Member for Cook and she has told him what she believes he should do.
"And I support her."
JUST weeks after being elected the Queensland Labor government is in jeopardy.
Ms Palaszczuk advised Mr Cook to resign after he revealed he had kept his criminal past a secret.
Mr Gordon admitted to the Labor party and then on social media 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".
Opposition deputy leader John-Paul Langbroek called for Ms Palazczuk to release all correspondence relating to the allegations against Mr Gordon.
"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 in an attempted cover-up."