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Another Labor MP's past called into question

LABOR MPs have been told to come forward and reveal whether any skeletons were lurking in their closets as the Queensland Government bids to continue operating with integrity and accountability.

Two Labor MPs have had allegations of domestic violence made against them. One of these has allegedly had two victims come forward.

Meanwhile, another member - Pumicestone MP Rick Williams - has had his past revealed to the public.

In a statement released late Wednesday afternoon following media reports, Mr Williams said he had told the Labor Party he was charged with a criminal offence in 2002, which was later dropped.

There were also other reports he was involved in a financial dispute with a law firm in 2009. Mr Williams said at the time he was angry and said things he regretted.

Press ReleaseIt is disappointing that allegations from an aggrieved family member have been made public today. These...

Posted by Rick Williams MP Pumicestone on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Labor Party state secretary Evan Moorhead said the party sought advice about Mr Williams before the election but found nothing illegal had occurred.

Mr Williams told parliament last week that he had some regrets in his life, but that he was wiser for them.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said there was nothing that suggested Mr Williams should not be an MP.Mr Pitt said it was about being upfront and that the Labor Party was asking MPs to come forward about their history after allegations of domestic violence had been made against other Labor MPs.

"We're asking to ensure that all Labor MPs are being very upfront about who they are and what they've done," Mr Pitt said.

"I think both the Labor Party and the LNP will be looking very closely at their selection processes. It is critical that we get the people of the highest calibre and highest standard representing us in Parliament."

Mr Pitt also made reference to Cook MP Billy Gordon, who resigned from the Labor Party after the Premier announced she intended to sack him after allegations were made against him, including domestic violence, not paying child support and not lodging tax returns.

He also revealed his past criminal record to the public but it would not legally affect his seat in Parliament because the offences occurred a long time ago, in the 1980s and 1990s.

Mr Gordon has told media he would not resign his seat in Parliament.

"I think the lesson out of this is that you only know what you know," Mr Pitt said. "Sadly, when asked we didn't get full disclosure from Mr Gordon."

Claims that the LNP had known about Mr Gordon's past long before it was made public was also "concerning", Mr Pitt said.

Mr Pitt said the allegations should have been referred to the police straight away and not used to score political points.

"What we've seen over the last week has been a sad period in Queensland politics," he said.

"It is disappointing to see this information we are hearing has been around for a period of time."

When it comes to the matters surrounding Mr Gordon, very personal things have entered into the public arena and I'm very conscious this is having an impact on individuals, including Mr Gordon, family members, and children involved."

Meanwhile, Fairfax reported that domestic violence claims had been made against another Labor MP but Mr Pitt said he did not know who this was.

"My understanding is that this matter will be dealt with appropriately as the previous matter had been dealt with."


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