MP accused of repeating message

MEMBER for Burnett Rob Messenger was forced to cease speaking out about the Bororen water crisis during a parliamentary debate on Thursday night.

During a speech in the debate on the South East Queensland Distribution and Retail Restructuring and Natural Resources Provisions Bill, Minister Stephen Robertson criticised Mr Messenger for repeating a speech made weeks earlier.

“This is repetition of a speech the honourable member made during the previous debate,” he said.

Mr Messenger replied: “I note that the minister does not really like to hear the truth. He has an aversion to the truth.”

The Member for Burnett was also asked a number of times to speak only to the bill about South-East Queensland, and not on water issues at Bororen, until he was told to sit down

“Take your seat. I do not wish to hear from you anymore. You are not staying on the bill and you have breached standing orders,” Deputy Speaker Mandy Johnstone said.

Mr Messenger yesterday said he was raising serious concerns over Bororen residents unknowingly drinking council supplied water which was not fit for human consumption for at least 18 months.

“Labor tried to stop me from speaking about this very serious public health issue… every Member of Parliament has the right to make this information public and the Parliament has the right to know that I’ve referred this serious issue on to the CMC and Queensland Ombudsman,” Mr Messenger said.

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