Wellington slams Newman sacking on eve of budget
SUNSHINE Coast Independent MP Peter Wellington has slammed Campbell Newman's sacking of a minister just before last night's federal budget.
"Newman's sacking of Assistant Health Minister Chris Davis just hours before the Budget was brought down was a calculated and vicious act,'' Mr Wellington said in a Facebook post which he urged people to share.
"The Premier pounced when the mainstream media was tied up covering the Budget and hoped no one would notice.
"And what did Dr Davis do to deserve such action?
"Well he did something absolutely dreadful, he dared to question the Government's axing of the Crime and Misconduct Commission's independence last week in Parliament..
"Dr Davis threatened to "cross the floor" but changed his mind after a meeting with the Attorney General.
"Last night, the mainstream media might have been too preoccupied to broadcast the Premier's rotten act, but today is another day. And I urge everyone to spread the word that this LNP Newman Government sacks anyone who dares to speak against it.''
"It is sad to see Dr Davis punished for doing what he thought was right, standing up for the people who elected him. My message to him is "plenty of room on the cross benches Chris".
The post had almost 400 likes and shares by Wednesday afternoon.
Mr Wellington has been an outspoken critic of the Newman government, particularly over its anti-bikie legislation.
He's gone into bat for the so-called Yandina Five, despite the fact that there are drug trafficking allegations against some of them.
Mr Newman released a statement on Tuesday night, saying Dr Davis' position had become untenable.
Dr Davis threatened to cross the floor last week over changes to the CMC and has been highly critical of the government's stance in the ongoing doctor's contract dispute.
"I have this afternoon advised the Member for Stafford Chris Davis that effective immediately I have terminated his appointment as Assistant Health Minister," Mr Newman said.
"Dr Davis' recent actions have breached the long-established Westminster convention of Cabinet solidarity and made his position untenable.
"I thank Dr Davis for the contribution he has made in the role, and look forward to his continuing contribution to the government's efforts on behalf of his constituents."