Queensland’s sacked assistant health minister Chris Davis will remain a member of the Liberal National Party following a meeting of his colleagues.
Queensland’s sacked assistant health minister will remain a member of the Liberal National Party despite speaking out against aspects of the government’s agenda.
There had been speculation Chris Davis could be kicked out of the LNP after a party room meeting on Monday.
The Member for Stafford was stripped of his cabinet position last week after speaking out on subjects including changes to the Crime and Misconduct Commission and new work contracts for doctors.
Dr Davis has since claimed concerns he raised with Premier Campbell Newman about plans to ease restrictions on political donations were a factor in his sacking.
Mr Newman has rejected Dr Davis’s claims.
After the party room meeting on Monday, a spokesman for Mr Newman told AAP Dr Davis would remain a member of the LNP.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said Dr Davis apologised at the meeting, ABC radio reports.
Earlier on Monday, several LNP ministers publicly chastised the doctor for his public statements.
“What Chris has to realise is that if you continue to cry wolf, you’ll eventually lose credibility,” Housing Minister Tim Mander told reporters.
“It’s no good roaring like a lion in public and being as meek as a mouse in the party room.”
Energy Minister Mark McArdle and Local Government Minister David Crisafulli echoed the Mr Manders’ statements.
“Dr Davis has got a job to do right now and that is to get back and work for his electorate. Full stop. End of story,” Mr Crisafulli said.
Dr Davis is expected to make a statement about his future in the party this week in parliament.
He hasn’t returned AAP’s calls.