Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga Chris Ison ROK080716cbike3

UPDATE: Lauga has Premier's support amid pub fight claims

UPDATE: THE Queensland Premier has thrown her support behind Keppel MP Brittany Lauga.

Ms Lauga has rejected claims she and her husband Wayne were involved in a fight at the Keppel Sands Hotel on Saturday night.

According to the Courier Mail a man who was with the Laugas got into a fight with another patron. The report said following the fight the Laugas were ejected and Mr Lauga smashed a glass on a pool table.

In parliament on Wednesday night Mr Lauga rejected claims she was involved in a fight or ejected from the pub.

Queensland LNP's new leader Tim Nicholls and his deputy Deb Frecklington at Queensland Parliament, Brisbane, Friday, May 6, 2016. Nicholls has won a leadership spill against Lawrence Springborg. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt) NO ARCHIVING
Queensland LNP's new leader Tim Nicholls and his deputy Deb Frecklington at Queensland Parliament, Brisbane, Friday, May 6, 2016. Nicholls has won a leadership spill against Lawrence Springborg. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt) NO ARCHIVING GLENN HUNT

During Question Time in Queensland Parliament on Thursday Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls questioned how Ms Lauga's actions related to the government's policy on alcohol fuelled violence. 

"How does the government's policy on alcohol fueled violence accord with the Member for Keppel's alleged behaviour on the weekend," he asked.

The question was greeted with outrage from the government side of the chamber. One Labor MP dubbed it an "embarrassing question".

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad had discussed the allegations with Ms Lauga.

"I can confirm that the Deputy Premier and I did have a conversation with the Member for Keppel," she said.

"The Member for Keppel made it very clear to us that she was not directly involved in that Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker I believe the member for Keppel to be an honest and decent person.

"I also understand that the Member for Keppel has gone through some rough times recently."

 

Tearful Lauga defends reputation after pub fight claims

BRITTANY Lauga has rejected claims she was involved in a fight and ejected from the Keppel Sands Pub over the weekend.

The Courier Mail claims a man who was drinking with the Laugas left following a physical altercation with an older patron outside the venue in which a staff member was hit.

The Laugas were reportedly inside the pub when the altercation occurred and were in no way involved.

Mr Lauga has been accused of smashing his glass on a pool table as well as 'swearing and carrying on.'

The Keppel Sands Hotel Motel Photo Contributed
The Keppel Sands Hotel Motel Photo Contributed Contributed

In Queensland Parliament overnight, Ms Lauga addressed the claims and labelled them untrue.

"In response to media reports that have come to my attention tonight, I am deeply upset and hurt by the way this story has been depicted," Ms Lauga said.

"I value my integrity and honesty as a member of parliament. The claim in the paper that I was asked to leave a licensed venue and have been subsequently banned is simply just not true.

"I can confirm that my husband and I were at a pub on Saturday night watching football and things got rowdy, as they do.

"My husband and I were not involved in any fight, and I reject the suggestion that we were. Because of the rowdy environment I urged my husband to leave, and we did.

"It is always disturbing to have your private life displayed on the front page, but my marriage, my integrity and my work representing the people of Keppel continue to be my top priority."

The Morning Bulletin this week spoke with the owner of the Keppel Sands pub, Mark Hurst, who declined to release CCTV footage of the alleged incident, but this morning he said it had nothing to do with Ms Lauga, and Mr Lauga was not violent.

"Brittany was asked to remove her husband because he was the aggressor. She is only linked because of the association with the relationship," Mr Hurst said.

"He was getting involved in the football very boisterously. It was nothing more than a disagreement in the hotel that happens day to day. It was nothing more than we could handle.

"The person involved (Mr Lauga) has been banned, Brittany hasn't been banned. She was just asked to remove to remove her partner. He wasn't violent."

Mr Hurst said the CCTV footage would be passed on to Emu Park Police today but that he hadn't made a complaint to police.



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