In light of recent public backlash and possible criminal action against the Premier, KAP State Leader Robbie Katter has today confirmed preliminary legal advice indicates the Premier is in breach of the Criminal Code.
“We’ve sought some advice from a barrister and their response says that, prima facie, the Premier has broken the law,’’ he said.
“I need to be careful with what I say because the case is still under consideration by the CCC however, given the public response, which has been deeply critical of the Premier, and the seriousness of her actions, it is in the public interest that she stand down.’’
He said the Premier has drawn significant criticism for her decision to remove KAP resources because of a disagreement over a political matter.
“The public backlash would no doubt have others in the Labor Party questioning the Premier’s decision, particularly as respected figures such as Terry O’Gorman have slammed her actions,’’ Mr Katter said.
“In the face of a referral to the CCC and the Speaker of the Parliament, the Premier has made little attempt to justify how her decision wasn’t corrupt or illegal.
“The Premier’s unwillingness to publically defend herself raises serious questions around the advice she relied on to make the decision and whether it was discussed with her colleagues.’’
He said the response from the public demonstrates the Premier has destroyed any trust the public had in her actions and motives.
“The KAP has received a significant amount of support from all corners of the community,’’ Mr Katter said.
“People are overwhelmingly critical of the Premier’s move, saying it is more akin to a dictatorship than a democracy.
“Clearly the Premier’s behaviour is of significant public interest.
“The public deserve better than a Premier who shows such contempt for our democratic values and she should stand down.”