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Australia Qld's Robbie Katter may have to say sorry

13:45  04 november  2019
13:45  04 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Robbie Katter may have to follow in Annastacia Palaszczuk's footsteps and tell Queensland's parliament he is sorry for something he said.

The premier had to say sorry last month for threatening last year to take discretionary funding away from Katter's Australian Party for not denouncing Senator Fraser Anning over a speech.

The apology came after the ethics committee found her actions had amounted to improper interference with the free performance by the KAP members and constituted contempt.

Now the ethics committee has taken umbrage over comments made by Mr Katter, the member for Traeger, questioning their investigation in an opinion piece and on radio.

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In a report, they note that Mr Katter had said it would be understandable if some people were sceptical of the ethic's committee's independence and objectivity.

The committee reckons the MP for Traeger's comments on their integrity could bring them and the Legislative Assembly into disrepute.

"As such there is the potential for the comments to constitute a contempt of parliament," they say on Monday.

To avoid a conflict of interest, they are recommending the matter be handed to the House to ask Mr Katter to explain and then decide what action to take.

The also recommend the House reinforce the importance of respecting the ethics committee.

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