Newman says Gibson ‘clearly very damaged’
QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman has attacked his former police minister, David Gibson, over claims of death threats by police, allegedly made on behalf of the LNP.
AAP yesterday reported Mr Newman calling Mr Gibson "a very damaged individual" who should consider taking more leave.
The LNP described as "baseless" Mr Gibson's allegations that a serving police officer and prominent LNP member had claimed to have "delivered death threats on behalf of the party," during a threatening conversation with Mr Gibson.
In a delayed reaction yesterday, Government MPs who had called "Hear, hear!" repeatedly during Mr Gibson's Thursday night speech in Parliament, yesterday rounded on him, as though they had only just realised what he had said.
Premier Campbell Newman did not respond to The Gympie Times' inquiry yesterday about Mr Gibson's speech.
But AAP reported a strong reaction when reporters caught up with him as he campaigned for the upcoming Stafford by-election.
He described Mr Gibson as "very fragile," and "clearly a very damaged individual".
Mr Gibson had told Parliament of alleged threats by former Gympie police crime prevention officer Llew O'Brien, also an LNP member and former senior official, now stationed at Kilkivan.
Sgt O'Brien resigned his official party positions in protest at issues linked to David Gibson's political destruction.
A former campaign manager for Mr Gibson and electorate campaign director for Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Sgt O'Brien resigned from his role as LNP Wide Bay chair, one of the 10 regional chairs who make up the LNP's state executive and whose jobs are the party's most senior positions.
Sgt O'Brien, currently under investigation over allegations made by Mr Gibson, is known to be a friend of the man who brought Mr Gibson undone, Rainbow Beach businessman Scott Elms, who in April released details of Mr Gibson's criminal past.
Asked for comment by The Gympie Times, LNP state director Brad Henderson came down firmly on Sgt O'Brien's side and said: "The claims made by David Gibson are baseless.
"Mr Llew O'Brien, a member of the LNP, categorically denies saying the comments attributed to him by the Member for Gympie.
"The LNP has fully supported Mr Gibson throughout his parliamentary career, including during the difficult times he has endured in recent months.
"The party wishes him well for the future."
Asked by The Gympie Times did this mean they denied the party made death threats, denied Sgt O'Brien's claim to have made the threats, or they did not believe Mr Gibson's version of what Sgt O'Brien allegedly said, party communications manager Matt Dunstan replied from his iPhone with the following one line response: "David Gibson's claim is baseless".