Member for Warrego, Ann Leahy MP today announced her resignation as a member of several Parliamentary Committees following allegations of contempt of Parliament.
Ms Leahy resigned from both the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee (PCCC) and the Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee.
“I apologise unreservedly to the House, the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee, the Ethics Committee and the officers of the parliament for inconvenience and disrespect to the institution,” she said in Parliament today.
“My apology is sincere and I do not seek to excuse my conduct. I am in the hands of the House and await its penalty.”
Bundamba MP Ms Jo-Ann Miller advised Parliament of the complaint she had made to the Queensland Police Service about the actions of Ms Leahy including her breach of the Criminal Code and Crime and Corruption Act.
Speaker, Peter Wellington ruled that the matter did not warrant any further attention.
Senior Academic from the University of Queensland John Harrison agrees with the resignation, but fears whether such conduct might be part of a wider culture within the LNP.
“Quite clearly there are issues about the extent to which members of the LNP understand their responsibilities as parliamentarians,” Mr Harrison says.
“There needs to be some accountability across both parties as it appears on the report that the opposition leader’s office was also involved.”
In a statement from opposition leader Lawrence Springborg, the LNP expressed that they were standing by Ms Leahy and that she continues to do an outstanding job for her electorate.
“What we saw in State Parliament today was a respectful and dignified response to the Ethics Committee report and the House itself,” says Springborg.
“We should not forget this whole process started because of the conduct of the former Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller.”
Commentators speculate as to whether her actions were due to a lack of knowledge and inexperience with the traditions of the house of Parliament.
“We can accept the member of Warrego has not behaved properly in this manner,” continues Harrison.
“If I were the opposition leader I would seek to provide her with a parliamentary mentor, with a little more front bench experience.”
Ms Leahy continues in her role as state member for Warrego.