Qld election: Rick Williams dumped on eve of poll call

LABOR has disendorsed its controversial Member for Pumicestone Rick Williams on the eve of a likely election call.

The Courier-Mail understands Mr Williams - who has been at the centre of numerous controversies since becoming an MP - was shown the door this afternoon

It is understood a complaint had been made to the party about a heated phone call Mr Williams allegedly made.

Pumicestone is the state's most marginal seat, with the recent electoral boundary redistribution rendering it "notionally LNP".

But Labor is hoping a new candidate could help the party hold on to the electorate, as it races to reach the 47 seats it needs at the election to govern in its own right following a term of minority government.

Mr Williams' disendorsement comes just seven months after the party gave him the green light to run again.

He won the seat in a shock victory in 2015 against the LNP's Lisa France.

Just months later he was the subject of a police investigation over allegations of intimidation and unscrupulous conduct, but no action was taken by police as a result.

He was also accused of confronting an elderly constituent at a local jetty and telling her to "get the f--- off".

Mr Williams had a different version of the events and denied swearing, but later apologised to the residents for "any offence taken from recent interactions".

"Today I instructed the State Secretary to disendorse Rick Williams and re-open nominations for the State seat of Pumicestone," Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a statement.

"The people of Pumicestone made a decision in 2015 to elect Mr Williams as their Labor representative.

"As Premier, I am not satisfied that Mr Williams is not the appropriate candidate to represent Labor at the next election which is why I have taken this decision.

"I have made it a personal priority to make sure the people of Pumicestone have a strong, local Labor candidate to support at the next election."

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