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‘Late night rendezvous’: Parliament photos spark fury

Photographs showing two male politicians meeting three businesswomen in state parliament has sparked outrage and been described as a “late night rendezvous” by the Queensland Premier.

But those involved in the meeting have been left shocked by the reaction to the innocent photos.

Liberal members John-Paul Langbroek and Sam O’Connor gave a tour of the Queensland Parliament on Wednesday evening.

Mr Langbroek then shared a series of photos on Instagram with the caption: “When the #TheFabulousGoldie girls come to @queenslandparliament #LocalMPs.”

One photo shows the three women — Tamika Smith, Brooke Henley-Smith and Lauren Duitsch — posing with Mr Langbroek in front of the Speaker’s chair.

But Ms Palaszczuk appeared to mock the visit on Thursday.

“I enjoyed looking at the member’s photos he posted this morning of his little late night rendezvous … on the Speaker’s chair,” she told parliament.

It prompted calls for an apology — with some suggesting she was being sexist — and she withdrew her comment.

The photo that sparked the outrage. Picture: Supplied
Camera IconThe photo that sparked the outrage. Supplied Credit: Supplied

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Premier’s office said her comments were about the “lack of respect” for the Speaker’s chair.

“The Premier did not mean any offence and is astonished anyone would interpret what she said as referring to anything other than respect for the chamber,” the spokesperson said.

“The comments were made in question time. The Premier withdrew her comments when a member raised concerns.”

Former press gallery journalist David Sharaz also posted one of the images on Twitter with the caption: “In Queensland this is how the LNP uses the parliament after hours during sitting weeks.”

But Mr Sharaz was equally blasted for his post, with Mr O’Connor replying: “Not sure what your point is here but the woman in the middle is Tamika Smith. She was here to watch this speech I made about her efforts to build a house for the family of a mum lost in a horrific DV incident in my area. I invited her for dinner and a tour after the house rose.”

The criticism from Mr O’Connor and others prompted Mr Sharaz to add his own reply.

“This is in no way a reflection of the women in the photograph and criticism levelled at them is completely out of line,” he wrote.

“What I’m highlighting is that this is the Speaker’s chair. In Qld there seems to be an entirely different protocol about how the chamber is treated.”

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