Independent member for Nicklin Peter Wellington
Independent member for Nicklin Peter Wellington

Senator calls Peter Wellington 'ineffective'

TWO of the state's long-time politicians have taken aim at each other during the Senate inquiry into the Queensland Government.

Independent Nicklin MP Peter Wellington, a Queensland parliamentarian for 16 years, testified as a Senate committee witness in Brisbane yesterday where Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald, a 24-year federal senator, dubbed him "ineffectual".

Mr Wellington said at the inquiry he was concerned Queensland's anti-bikie laws ignored the state's international human rights obligations.

"This government has used the claim of 'emergency' to avoid proper process," he said.

He said the laws were rushed through parliament and were not subject to appropriate checks through the parliamentary committee process.

Mr Macdonald asked why Mr Wellington had not made a motion for the laws to be sent to committee.

"Are you that ineffective of a state parliamentarian?" he said.

Mr Wellington said the claims were offensive, and there had been no point referring them to committee with the LNP dominating the parliamentary process.

He admitted he had voted for the anti-bikie laws when Liberal Senator Matthew Canavan asked."I relied on the assurance of the Attorney-General, of the limited scope of the legislation," he said."It would have been fruitless."

Mr Wellington also denied claims from Mr Macdonald he would stand for the Palmer United Party at the next state election.

Before the last federal election Mr Wellington publicly supported Clive Palmer's campaign for the Fairfax, which overlaps with Nicklin.

- APN NEWSDESK


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