An animated Jason Costigan faced media in Mackay on Thursday to deny harassment allegations made against him.
An animated Jason Costigan faced media in Mackay on Thursday to deny harassment allegations made against him.

'I will fight to clear my name': Costigan tells MPs

UPDATE:

WHITSUNDAY MP Jason Costigan today defended himself in State Parliament against sexual harassment allegations that led to his dumping by the LNP earlier this month.

Mr Costigan slammed his colleagues for their statement in the House last sitting week describing their comments as misleading, exaggerated, deceptive, extremely hurtful and politically loaded.

"I do not believe I did anything wrong whatsoever," he told the House.

He told Parliament he intended to take the "strongest action possible" against the complainants who lodged the initial complaint against him.

Mr Costigan told the House the allegations had "knocked him around".

"I have never claimed to be perfect. If I have offended anyone I most sincerely apologise. That said I will take up the fight to clear my name...and stare down anyone who tries to tarnish it."

He told the House he had no intention of going anywhere and would be running again.   Mr Costigan read off his phone as he told the House he wanted to respond to the "disgraceful attack on me by the LNP Opposition in the last sitting week".

He repeated his comments that the allegations details by the Opposition made him sick.

He alleged the complaint as a "malicious attempt at destroying someone's career" which he said was "gleefully" accepted by the LNP hierarchy.

Mr Costigan told the House he believed the complaint and the subsequent action taken by the party was politically motivated retribution for his comments speaking out against the party.

He has denied the new details revealed by Leader of Opposition Business Jarrod Bleijie. Mr Costigan, continues to insist the allegations are "a stitch-up".

He took to Facebook yesterday to announce that he was "back on the job" in ­Parliament.

"Despite the disgraceful comments made by the LNP in State Parliament, under parliamentary privilege, not forgetting what had also been said outside the House, I am pleased to say the response from the vast majority of people in the community has been hugely positive," he posted.

 

EARLIER: 

MAVERICK MP Jason Costigan is expected to return serve against his former colleagues when he returns to State Parliament this week for the first time since he was expelled from the LNP over harassment allegations.

 The Whitsunday MP, who will take up a new seat on the crossbench following his dumping by the State Opposition, has indicated he intends to make a statement to the House defending himself.It comes after several of his former colleagues rose earlier this month under parliamentary privilege to air further claims against Mr Costigan.

He has denied the new details revealed by Leader of Opposition Business Jarrod Bleijie.Mr Costigan, continues to insist the allegations are "a stitch-up".

He took to Facebook yesterday to announce that he was "back on the job" in ­Parliament.

"Despite the disgraceful comments made by the LNP in State Parliament, under parliamentary privilege, not forgetting what had also been said outside the House, I am pleased to say the response from the vast majority of people in the community has been hugely positive," he posted.



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