Queensland parliament’s ethics committee will investigate if David Gibson MP was threatened by a political rival.
Queensland’s ethics committee will investigate claims a political rival tried to intimidate government MP David Gibson.
Gympie rival Scott Elms a fortnight ago published details about Mr Gibson’s past.
Mr Gibson admits he made mistakes and faced unspecified charges in 1999 but no conviction was recorded against him.
Premier Campbell referred the allegations to the Speaker and police on April 23, concerned that there was an attempt threaten or intimidate Mr Gibson.
Speaker Fiona Simpson on Tuesday referred the matter to the Ethics Committee.
“To attempt to influence a member in their conduct by bribes or threats is clearly a contempt,” Ms Simpson told parliament.
“Similarly conduct having a tendency to impair a member independence in the future performance of their duties is also a contempt.”
When selected as a candidate for the 2006 election, Mr Gibson didn’t disclose details about his past.
He says he’s suffering a nervous breakdown and won’t contest the next state election.