Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie Tom Huntley

Bleijie rejects invite to give evidence at Senate inquiry

JARROD Bleijie has rejected an invitation to appear at the Palmer Senate Inquiry on Friday, dubbing it "politically motivated".

The LNP Attorney-General, as well as fellow Sunshine Coast MP Peter Wellington, were named as witnesses in a statement from inquiry chairman Senator Glenn Lazarus on Wednesday.

While Mr Wellington confirmed to APN he would take part, Mr Bleijie released a letter declining the invitation - which he said he was given only hours to respond to.

"I will not be attending the inquiry to give evidence. Public reports confirm my view that this is a politically motivated inquiry that will not deliver any positive outcomes for Queenslanders," he said.

"I regret that Labor and Palmer United Party Senators continue to pursue this expensive political stunt.

"As such, I would rather spend my time working to create jobs and keep Queensland communities safe."

Mr Bleijie said he received an invitation to the inquiry on Wednesday morning and was asked to confirm his availability by the end of the day.

Mr Lazarus said Friday's hearing would examine "human rights issues, legal issues and issues surrounding Queensland Government decision making in relation to major projects".

"The Senate Inquiry is providing a real and genuine forum for Queenslanders to raise their concerns with the Queensland Government under parliamentary privilege," he said.

Mr Lazarus said the date to make a submission to the inquiry had been extended from this month to the end of February next year after "hundreds of submissions" from Queenslanders.

The inquiry last Friday descended into a shouting match when a union witness admitted to being a State Labor candidate at the next election.

- APN NEWSDESK


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