Queensland’s premier says money from fines paid by former Redcliffe MP Scott Driscoll has gone back to the community, but it’s not pork-barrelling.
The Queensland premier says he’s not buying votes by offering $90,000 to a community organisation in the lead-up to the Redcliffe by-election.
The government received the money from fines paid by disgraced former Redcliffe MP Scott Driscoll.
Parliament last year fined Mr Driscoll $90,000 for 49 counts of contempt for deliberately misleading parliament and hiding his personal income and business dealings.
Campbell Newman said he, Speaker Fiona Simpson and Treasurer Tim Nicholls decided the money should go to a worthy organisation in Redcliffe, given that was the electorate Mr Driscoll hurt with his actions.
On Thursday, Ms Simpson handed an oversize cheque to workers from Redcliffe Youth Space, an organisation that helps young people in the community deal with any problems they might face.
Mr Newman said the Liberal National Party’s replacement candidate Kerri-Anne Dooley chose the charity.
When asked whether the donation could be seen as “vote-buying”, Mr Newman said he did not think Queenslanders would mind the money going back into the “injured” Redcliffe community.
“It was their local member that committed these acts against them, that didn’t act in their interests,” he told reporters.
“They’re the ones who should be the beneficiaries of this windfall money coming to the Queensland government and the Queensland parliament.
“I think it’s fair and reasonable and it’s a just, appropriate solution.”
Mr Driscoll resigned from parliament last year citing health reasons after his dodgy business dealings were made public.
A by-election in his seat will be held on February 22.