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KAP calls for Palaszczuk to stand down

Queensland MP Robbie Katter wants Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to stand aside while the ethics committee investigates her decision to strip his party of resources.

Labor speaker Curtis Pitt referred Ms Palaszczuk to the ethics committee on Friday over her stripping the resources from Katter’s Australia Party’s three Queensland MPs when they refused to denounce federal Senator Fraser Anning for using the Nazi-associated phrase “final solution” during his first speech in federal parliament.

Mr Pitt said he did not believe Ms Palaszczuk had acted in contempt of parliament.

However he said the ethics committee was best placed to consider the matter.

“The lawfulness of a decision to withdraw the KAP resources cannot itself be questioned. It was always within the Premier’s power to withdraw those resources,” Mr Pitt said in a statement.

“The question in this matter is whether that power was used in an improper manner.”

However Mr Katter has called on Ms Palaszczuk to step aside until the matter is finalised.

“I take my hat off to the Speaker for following what seems to be all the evidence,” he told ABC radio on Saturday.

“This may not be the popular move in terms of the government but it is on the government now to say for the premier to stand down until this is resolved.”

Mr Katter has already taken the matter to the Crime and Corruption Commission, claiming the premier had broken the law by using the extra resources as leverage.

The corruption watchdog ruled last month the premier technically breached the law through her actions but left it up to the parliament to decide how to proceed.

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