Stephen Bennett has been referred to the Queensland parliament's ethics committee.
Stephen Bennett has been referred to the Queensland parliament's ethics committee. Zach Hogg BUN220114QAA2

UPDATE: Stephen Bennett apologises for leak to mining lobby

UPDATE: Mr Bennett's office has issued a statement.

"Mr Bennett has been referred to the Ethics Committee for releasing material still before the Agriculture and Environment Committee," a spokeswoman said.

"Mr Bennett freely admitted to the Committee today that he had provided material to a stakeholder group for comment and feedback prior to the Committee formally agreeing to the material being publicly released.

"Mr Bennett realised he had breached guidelines and promptly apologised to parliament.

"His apology is recorded in Hansard."

EARLIER:

MEMBER for Burnett Stephen Bennett has been referred to the Queensland parliament's ethics committee for leaking information about new environmental laws to the state's mining lobby.

According to AAP, Agriculture and Environment Committee chair Glenn Butcher told parliament today that Mr Bennett provided a committee draft report about the government's chain of responsibility laws "or sections of it to officers of the Queensland Resources Council".

Mr Bennett has responded to the accusation, saying "If my actions are in breach of standing orders, I acknowledge and unreservedly apologise to the House."

The NewsMail has been in contact with Mr Bennett's and Mr Butcher's offices but it is understood both are currently engaged in parliament.



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