Peter Wellington took up the issue of bikies' rights during the election campaign.
Peter Wellington took up the issue of bikies' rights during the election campaign. Iain Curry

Wellington defies calls to stand down on VLAD vote

QUEENSLAND Speaker Peter Wellington has defied LNP calls for him to stand aside on any debate about repealing the controversial bikie laws.

The LNP called on the Nicklin MP to stand aside from the debate on repealing the laws after a man who campaigned for him was convicted of trafficking drugs.

Michael Smith, had campaigned for Mr Wellington's re-election and had come to Mr Wellington when his son Steven was charged under the bikie laws.

Earlier this month Michael and Steven Smith were sentenced for trafficking methylamphetamine.

In a letter to Mr Wellington LNP deputy leader John-Paul Langbroek said the association "would lead ordinary Queenslander to doubt your impartiality to sit as Speaker during the proposed death on any new laws".

But on Tuesday Mr Wellington told Queensland Parliament he intended to vote on the matter if he was required to.

"At the outset, I wish to advise that if my vote is required, I will vote," he said.

"To claim I stand up for criminals is a nonsense.

"At the time Mike Smith came to see me he told me he had no criminal convictions."

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the government intended to repeal the laws and replace them with new serious organised crime laws.


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