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Warrego MP Ann Leahy blasted over behaviour

UPDATE: Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg has stood by Warrego MP Ann Leahy after she was admonished in Queensland Parliament today. 

Mr Springborg took to Facebook to support Ms Leahy and commend the work she had been doing in Warrego. 

"The LNP's Warrego MP Ann Leahy is doing an outstanding job for her electorate. She knows the people and the issues in the community backwards, and continues to be an outstanding contributor to our team," he said.

"What we saw in State Parliament today was a respectful and dignified response to the Ethics Committee report and the House itself."

The LNP’s Warrego MP Ann Leahy is doing an outstanding job for her electorate. She knows the people and the issues in...

Posted by Lawrence Springborg on Wednesday, 17 February 2016


UPDATE: WARREGO MP Ann Leahy has been told her behaviour was "inappropriate and must change" in an admonishment by the Speaker.

Ms Leahy became the first MP to be ordered to stand in her seat and be admonished since 1999.

Ms Leahy was found to have mislead the house by not telling two committees that Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg's chief of staff Jake Smith had helped her draft a letter to inform the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee she had found sensitive documents left by Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller in a safe in her office.

Mr Wellington told Ms Leahy she needed to perform better as a parliamentarian.

"The Ethics Committee unanimously found you wanting," he said.

"I note that although a first time member by your own admissions you have been involved in politics for many years. Your behaviour has been inappropriate and must change."

Ms Leahy apologised to the parliament and quit the committees she stood on.

Labor Leader of the House Stirling Hinchcliffe  said Ms Leahy had had the "full power of the parliament" brought down on her.

He described Mr Smith as a "shadowy figure" and called on Mr Springborg to stand his chief of staff down.

Mr Hinchcliffe said he believed questions Mr Springborg asked in parliament showed he knew about some matters before they had been made public. 

Confusion over Jo-Ann Miller report to CCC

UPDATE: Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller has not referred herself to the Crime and Corruption Commission - but the Ethics Committee report into her behaviour.

Ms Miller told the parliament on Thursday morning she had made a complaint to the CCC regarding the report.

"I also advise the house that I have lodged a complaint to the Crime and Corruption Commission on the advice of the Integrity Commissioner pursuant to the ethics committee report in relation to my conduct," she said.

Ms Miller later clarified on Twitter that she had referred the report itself to the CCC.

"To clarify, my complaint to CCC is not about myself but my reference to conduct in the House was in relation to the Ethics Report only," she tweeted.  - APN NEWSDESK