LNP has Peter Wellington in its sights

THE LNP has twice used Question Time this week to campaign for the Sunshine Coast seat of Nicklin as they attacked the sitting member.

When independent MP Peter Wellington asked questions about police input into the parliamentary committee process and a men's shed at Coolum, the LNP's contender for the seat was lauded as "a positive alternative".

Mr Wellington was also labelled incompetent and lazy before the comments were withdrawn.

Premier Campbell Newman told the Nicklin MP on Tuesday that he had no idea what his question was referring to before launching into a rant about Mr Wellington's criticism of controversial anti-bikie laws.

"At the next election the honourable member will have to explain to his community why he was so against the criminal motorcycle gang crackdown," Mr Newman said.

"I know that Matthew Trace, our candidate - a hardworking local farmer - will be taking it up to the member for Nicklin, who has played, frankly, a game that has not been in the interests of Queenslanders on the community safety issue.

"I know that Matthew Trace as a family man wants to see a safer community, and we are seeing the results.

"I say this to the people of Nicklin: there is an alternative and it is about time you took that opportunity for a positive alternative."

When Mr Wellington asked about the Coolum Men's Shed accessing vacant buildings and land on Thursday, Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney accused the Nicklin MP of making "a political issue out of this".

"I find those comments offensive. They are untrue and I ask for them to be withdrawn," Mr Wellington interjected.

Mr Seeney withdrew the comments after a direction from Speaker Fiona Simpson.

"I look forward to the day when Matthew Trace represents the people of Nicklin in this house because for the first time they will be represented by a member who is prepared to bring forward issues to ministers, to put the case to ministers, for the benefit of their local communities," Mr Seeney continued.

"Members need to know that I offered the minister for Nicklin the opportunity to put forward a case on behalf of the people he purports to represent.

"He took that opportunity to shout at me as soon as I walked in the door."

Mr Seeney withdrew the last comment after Mr Wellington again labelled his comments offensive.

On Wednesday Mr Wellington came under attack from Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie who was repeatedly asked to withdraw his comments on the basis they were untrue or offensive during a debate.

"The member for Nicklin is coming to the realisation that his own constituents find him incompetent, lazy, unable to conduct the duties of the house," he said.

"It is my assessment, as a member based on the Sunshine Coast and as I see what the member for Nicklin does, or in this case does not do, that he just uses these little political pot shots to get a headline grab. That is what he has been doing for years." - APN NEWSDESK


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