Qld Labor MP kicked out of parliament

Steven Miles accused the Qld opposition leader of not responding to a letter his office never sent. Queensland MP Steven Miles has apologised to state parliament and the LNP leader.
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Queensland government minister Steven Miles has had a day to forget in state parliament, being kicked out for interjecting not long after making a contrite apology to the opposition leader and the house.

Speaker Curtis Pitt warned the rowdy house on Tuesday he was in a bad mood due to a sore back and wouldn’t tolerate bad behaviour.

After warning MPs several times for interjecting, Dr Miles was the straw that broke the speaker’s back when he shouted across the chamber while Mr Pitt was on his feet calling for silence.

He was then suspended from the house for an hour.

It came after Dr Miles offered a formal apology to the parliament for accusing the opposition leader of not responding to a letter his office never sent.

He slammed Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington in parliament in February for not responding to the letter, which called on her to condemn a shortfall of almost $1 billion in federal hospital funding for Queensland

But on Tuesday, a contrite Dr Miles offered his apology to the opposition leader, saying a communication error meant the letter was not sent.

“My office emailed a copy of the correspondence in question to the leader of the opposition within two days of being alerted to the error,” he said.

“I apologise to the leader of the opposition, and the house for this matter.”

The opposition had written to Mr Pitt and called on him to refer Dr Miles to the Ethics Committee over the matter but the speaker said the apology put the matter to rest.

He took the opportunity to warn MPs about frivolous referrals to the Ethics Committee, saying he would be cracking down on the practice.

Mr Pitt said over the past term of government there were 87 calls for MPs to be referred, of which only four required further investigation.

He said that showed MPs on both sides were abusing the system and called for it to stop.

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