Stuckey welcomes legislation making it illegal to lie to parliament

2 Aug 2012 4:49 PMJann Stuckey

2nd August 2012

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, has applauded the Newman Government’s swift action to reverse Labor’s legislation that made it legal to lie to Parliament, through the passage of the Criminal Law (False Evidence Before Parliament) Amendment Bill 2012.

Speaking in State Parliament this week in support of this new legislation Ms Stuckey said, “The objective of this bill is to amend the Criminal Code to reintroduce the repealed section 57, false evidence before parliament, to make it an offence to knowingly give false evidence to parliament or its committees.”

“The Labor Government repealed section 57 of the Criminal Code to protect one of its mates – to protect the criminal behaviour of the former member for Sandgate, Gordon Nuttall.

 “Almost seven long years have passed, I have waited a long time for this moment; the opportunity to repeal this vile legislation.

“I vividly remember first speaking against the motion, relating to Mr Nuttall’s action, in December 2005 and then again on the Criminal Code Amendment Bill in May 2006. It angers me to this day when I remember those moments.

“The Newman Government promised to restore a higher standard to the governance of Queensland and our parliamentary and political processes. We promised to be open and accountable, and the passage of this bill reflects this sentiment.

“Quite rightly, the Queensland community expects parliamentarians to act responsibly, with the highest of integrity.

“We owe it to Queenslanders to put the real meaning back into ‘integrity’ and that is exactly what we are achieving through this legislation.”

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Link to the debate, begins bottom page 39
http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/hansard/2012/2012_08_01_DAILY.pdf